Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth Is Talking Presidents Race Again.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 2: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals shows his emotion after the fifth inning is retired against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. The New York Mets won, 7-3. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

• So it's a slow morning in NatsTown. There's no game this afternoon. Tonight at 6:05 pm EDT the Nationals take on the Marlins with 26-year-old left-hander Ross Detwiler throwing against the Fish in Grapefruit League action which will be on MASN for anyone who's dying to see some baseball on the tv (or MLB.tv). The Nationals announced this morning that Dierks Bentley will play a post-game concert in Nats Park on June 2nd. Jayson Werth's talking about the Presidents Race again. Ryan Zimmerman and Davey Johnson are talking Mets. The Nationals aren't well "LIKE'd" apparently. We also learned today that you'll be able to buy a Half Smoke in the Miami Marlins new fish-tank-filled ballpark. Yeah, it's the Friday before baseball starts. Get it all out of your system before we start taking things serious-like. It's lunchtime. These are links. And you can start reading RIGHT NOW!!!

THE BIG STORY!!!!:

• "[Jayson] Werth led a plot to interfere with the race in September -- personally taking out Thomas Jefferson and recruiting several teammates to assist him -- but the coup failed." - "Washington Nationals believe they're a legitimate contender" - Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com

• NATS BEAT:

ESPN.com NL Preview:

• "[Henry] Rodriguez came to the Nationals from the Oakland A’s as one of baseball’s classic archetypes, the throw-it-hard, guess-where-it-goes reliever, Wild Thing Vaughn come to life." - "Henry Rodriguez’s worst day has faded away" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Davey Johnson isn’t in the business of rooting for the Mets these days, but the team’s former manager seems to be scratching his head over the franchise’s direction." - "Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals manager, says he thinks New York Mets should give David Wright a long-term deal" - Mike Puma, NYPOST.com

• "Ryan Zimmerman has been raking at the plate from the moment he first grabbed a bat." - "Encouraging or discouraging?" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has a .304 career on-base percentage, has produced one of the worst offensive performahnces of the spring..." - "Daily Notes for March 30th" Carson Cistulli, FanGraphs Baseball

• "'It’s no secret I like the way [Brett] Carroll fits,' manager Davey Johnson said after the Nationals‘ 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves." - "Brett Carroll close to securing spot on Nationals' roster" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The [Jason] Heyward homer was one of the lone blemishes on the afternoon for [Edwin] Jackson, as he went six innings, allowing just the one run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts." - "Jackson takes a big step in the right direction" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

AUDIO: "Nats' starting pitching staff could give 200 innnings this year" - Craig Heist, WTOP.com

• "Looking for pitching depth in the Minor Leagues, the Nationals signed former Pirate and Astro Zach Duke to a Minor League deal." - "Nats ink Duke to Minors deal" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "And with each locker that’s cleaned out, the Nationals’ 25-man roster takes a clearer shape." - "Brett Carroll, Xavier Nady look primed for roster spots" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "After spending much of the last month wondering about the status of his veteran first baseman, [Davey Johnson is] now confident that won't be a lingering issue any longer." - "LaRoche ready to open season" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Dr. Jack Llewellyn is no stranger to the mental side of sport, having helped develop Sports Psychology programs at Old Dominion University, Minnesota State University-Mankato and Florida International University..." - "For Baseball Of The Mind, The Nats Bring In A Veteran" - The Big Lead

• "On his third pitch, [Vinny] Rottino’s head snapped back and his knees buckled. He ducked out of the way of a pitch that wasn’t there..." - "Nationals’ Henry Rodriguez has gone from unknown to unhittable" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "Detroit starter Max Scherzer had a scoreless outing going in his sixth start of the spring until [Steve] Lombardozzi's third hit and Chad Tracy's second drove in a run apiece." - "Steve Lombardozzi, Xavier Paul propel Nationals' split squad past Tigers" - Jason Beck, nationals.com: News

• "Edwin Jackson was superb in six scoreless innings of work on Thursday. So efficient that he didn't even reach his allotted 85-pitch limit..." - "Edwin Jackson talks about his start and other notes from the Nationals' 6-3 victory over the Braves" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'I'm definitely human. I'm not a robot,' Carroll said. 'I know there's a decision to be made, and there's limited spots that everyone's competing for...'" - "Carroll talks life on the roster bubble" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "[Jason] Michaels, who plans to continue his professional baseball career, became expendable once [Davey] Johnson decided on Wednesday that Xavier Nady would be given a chance to make the team as a bench player." - "Michaels released in latest round of cuts" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "Nats starter Edwin Jackson turned in a solid effort going six innings, allowing just one run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts." - "Jackson bounces back, Nats beat Braves" - Craig Heist, WTOP.com

• "[Tony] Tarasco said [Eury] Perez is working very hard on the field to become a better player, but also working on being able to communicate well with the coaches and his teammates..." - "Nationals don't want to rush top outfield prospect Perez" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "In his first major league game since March 15, LaRoche showed little rust, going 1 for 2 with a walk and convincing himself and Johnson he will be a full participant come opening day." - "Adam LaRoche makes a promising return" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "They brought left-handed starter Zach Duke, released by the Astros earlier this week, in on a minor league deal and he'll head to Triple-A Syracuse as starting pitching depth." - "Nationals sign left-hander Duke, release Michaels, option Perry" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Zach] Duke, 28, was released by the Astros on Tuesday, two days after he was shelled for 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings." - "Duke signed, Perry optioned" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman's two-run shot over the right field wall accounted for one of four hits surrendered by Mike Minor, who had walked Danny Espinosa to open the sixth inning." - "Edwin Jackson rebounds with splendid start vs. Braves" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "[Edwin] Jackson has had an unusual spring. He arrived to his seventh new team trying to alter his mechanics from the wind-up at the urging of Nationals coaches." - "Edwin Jackson’s strong start, Brett Carroll’s Little League grand slam, Sean Burnett’s return" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Compassion is a mental quality that can bring us true lasting inner peace and inner strength."

• NATSTOWN:

• "MLB on Facebook: Nationals least liked team" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "1969′s spring training may have been the most unique in Washington baseball history. Change abounded. The club sported a new owner, Robert E. Short, a celebrity manager, Ted Williams, and even new uniforms..." - "1969 Spring Training -The Entire Story" - Steve Walker, D.C. Baseball History

• "The Nationals circa 2005-11 would have signed Zach Duke in the hopes that he could resemble a shell of his 2005 self and eat up innings at the major league level..." - "Nationals Add...Zach Duke?" - William Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "And then there's Steve Lombardozzi: three more hits yesterday in the Nats split squad win against the Tigers, starting at 2B on this day." - "Steve Lombardozzi just keeps on hitting..." - Nats Enquirer

• "Davey Johnson has been giving him a lot of playing time, and his 23 games is second most anyone on the team has participated in." - "Could This Be Lombardozzi’s Breakout Year?" - Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "With Michael Morse, Drew Storen, Chien-Ming Wang, Chris Marrero and Cole Kimball slated for the Disabled List to start the season, the Nats lineup is taking a pretty clear focus." - "Washington Nationals make moves, roster all but set for Opening Day" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Marlins 1: "Among the many amenities at Marlins Park this year will be concession items that either can be found at the visiting team’s home park or are traditional to that team’s city." - "From Dodger Dogs to Bison Burgers, Marlins Park will sell food catered to the visiting team" - Joe Capozzi, Fish Tank blog - The Palm Beach Post

Marlins 2: "Ozzie Guillen pulled up a stool in front of Giancarlo Stanton’s locker Thursday morning, looked the slugger in the eye, and asked him a few simple questions." - "Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison closer to being ready for Opening Day" - Clark Spencer, MiamiHerald.com

Braves: "[Xavier] Nady is currently with the Washington Nationals, having signed a minor league deal with them only 10 days ago. So if the Braves really wanted him they could have signed him at the beginning of spring training." - "Braves Might Have Interest In Trading For Nationals Outfielder Xavier Nady" - gondeee, Talking Chop

Mets: "It was 'suggested' during a recent meeting that the team release [Mike] Pelfrey before Opening Day..." - "New York Mets Brass Recently 'Suggested Releasing' Starter Mike Pelfrey" - CBS New York

Phillies: "There is an odd parallel between two prospects one wouldn’t have thought would be paired together: Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants and the Phillies’ Domonic Brown." - "Talking Belt and Brown with Wendy Thurm" - Crashburn Alley

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