Wire Taps: Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals - We Can't Follow The GameThread And Links.

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 28: Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals delivers a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on August 28, 2011 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Nationals 5-4 in 14 innings. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

• The 2012 Spring Training debut of Washington Nationals' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann isn't being broadcast anywhere. No radio, from either team, no video, just a slowly updating box score. Boo!! We'll post some Zim(n) updates in the comments section below. The Nats' lineup for today's game against the Cards: 1) Ian Desmond - SS; 2) Steve Lombardozzi - 2B; 3) Rick Ankiel - CF; 4) Chad Tracy - 1B; 5) Jason Michaels - DH; 6) Mark Teahen - 3B; 7) Roger Bernadina - LF; 8) Jesus Flores - C; 9) Corey Brown - RF. No Adam LaRoche today, or tomorrow apparently, though he did get some action in a minor league game this afternoon. Twitter: Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP): "Adam LaRoche batting back on Field 3. Just hit a little dribbler, ran about 3/4 speed down the line. Coaches yelled, 'Easy!'" LaRoche might play his first Spring Training game on Satur-- MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats): "#Nats 1B Adam LaRoche said his left foot is slowy coming along and he is not sure if he will play on Saturday against the #Mets." Adam LaRoche will be fine. It's all about Jordan Zimmermann today. All about Zim(n) and LINKS...RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY:

• "[Greg] Halman’s number is still in [Roger] Bernadina’s iPhone. They remain Facebook friends." - "Bernadina reflects on friend's death" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• NATS BEAT:

• "Adam LaRoche was back on the Nationals' minor league fields Wednesday morning, hitting third every half-inning and seeing some live pitching while lightly testing his sprained left ankle." - "Adam LaRoche tests ankle with six AB's in minor league game" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Morse first felt tightening in the side of his back, just below his arm pit, two or three days ago." - "Michael Morse unworried after lat strain" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Morse's strain is to the right latissimus dorsi, the muscle that stretches from the upper back to underneath the armpit." - "Morse not worried about lat strain" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Manager Davey Johnson will certainly take the power from Werth, but Johnson couldn't help but laugh when talking about the homer after the game." - "Johnson talks Werth, DeRosa, Desmond's defense" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• CSNWashington.com's Kelli Johnson Talks To Nats About Davey Johnson - via Nats Insider

• "The Nationals appear to be taking tentative steps toward moving their spring training home from Space Coast Stadium to Fort Myers, Fla." - "Report: Nationals in talks with Lee County over City of Palms Park" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

• "I want to go out there and compete every time I get the ball. I feel like I'm still fighting for a job in this rotation." - Gio Gonzalez - "G-oh, Nats beat the Braves" - Craig Heist, WTOP.com

• "'He told me before the game he will throw everything I call,' Ramos said..." - "Nationals' Gio Gonzalez happy with first outing" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "It's an accepted baseball truism that lefties tend to be a little more free-spirited, that they have a counter-clockwise way of looking at life." - "Gio Gonzalez brings more than just skills to table for Washington Nationals" - Paul Hagen, nationals.com: News

• "In his first at-bat Tuesday, Jayson Werth spent far less time in the batter’s box than he usually does." - "Should Jayson Werth swing at the first pitch more often?" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "It was only one home run in the first week of Grapefruit League play, but if it was a precursor of things to come, the Nationals will gladly take it." - "Encouraging power from Werth, DeRosa" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Video: The Nats' dominant bullpen" - NatsInsider.com

• "One of the more intriguing stories in spring training is taking place down in Viera, Fla., where phenom Bryce Harper is making his case to be one of the Washington Nationals' starting outfielders." - "Rounding Third: No need to rush Harper to D.C." - Chris Ruddick, MiamiHerald.com

• "[Bryce] Harper lost the Ultimate Warrior look when he joined the Nats, but he still applied the stuff..." - "Bryce Harper’s boring eye black" - Dan Steinberg. DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "Turning a double play at second base may be the most dangerous spot on the infield for a baseball player. As Johnson noted, 'everybody likes to break up a double play.'" - "Davey Johnson's second base school" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• 'If the Chien-Ming Wang the Nationals get this season is anywhere near the Chien-Ming Wang we saw in '06 or '07, Johnson will spend many of his days this summer smiling from ear to ear." - "Could Chien-Ming Wang be Nats' ace in the hole?" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Taking a conservative approach, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that first baseman Adam LaRoche may not start against the Cardinals on Wednesday." - "Nats will allow LaRoche time to get healthy" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "Whether the readings were accurate or not, the Nationals emerged from the day impressed with what they saw from their new No. 2 starter." - "Gio pumped up during Nats debut" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "'It’s an okay play if you don’t hesitate,' Porter said. 'Once you hesitate, then you just go ahead and you stay.'" - "Bryce Harper gets caught, Mark DeRosa hits an encouraging homer, Ian Desmond makes another error" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'My adrenaline was kicking, I felt good, my arm felt live,' Gonzalez said. 'There's definitely stuff that I still want to work on. Still want to get some breaking balls for strikes, and changeups.'" - "Radar readings nearly as impressive as Gonzalez's stuff" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

• "'Two weeks have passed since Harper arrived in major league camp and announced he was ready to 'keep my mouth shut and play.'" - "Bryce Harper is doing all the right things as he tracks toward the majors" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Harper, for his part, felt badly about the play, Porter said, but Porter assured him he felt it was a good play as long as he doesn't hesitate." - "On Harper's baserunning, DeRosa and Werth's power and other notes from the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Braves dented the scoreboard when Brian McCann and Dan Uggla began the bottom of the fourth inning with consecutive doubles off Yunesky Maya." - "Homers back solid Gio Gonzalez as Washington Nationals top Atlanta Braves" - Mark Bowman, nationals.com: News

• "Today, I continue my series of 'In Search of the Next...' by taking a look at a player who could be the next Michael Morse." - "In Search of the Next Michael Morse" - Ray Guilfoyle, Minor League Ball

• "[Don] Mincher was one of a handful of players to perform for both the original Senators and the expansion club, playing first base during the final year of both franchises in D.C." - "Don Mincher, Joe Sparma and the importance of headgear" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.

• "For his first spring start, [GIo] Gonzalez said he was pleased. He worked on keeping the ball down in the zone, pitching to contact and keeping his pitch count low." - "Gio Gonzalez lights up the radar gun, impresses in first start" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@Dalailama): "The more adept we are in cultivating altruism, the happier we will be and the better the atmosphere we will create around us."

• NATSTOWN:

• "Spring Training games are well underway, and there are a host of new Washington Nationals non-roster invitees you might not know." - "Five Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees You Might Not Know" - Patrick Hilley, The Nats Blog

• "A first round draft pick of the Washington Senators in June of 1969, outfielder Jeff Burroughs would get his first taste of the major leagues in July of 1970." - "This Date in Washington Senators History – Jeff Burroughs Birthday" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "MLB Network will feature the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. on '30 Clubs in 30 Days.'" - "Washington Nationals on MLB Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days" - Cheryl Nichols, DistrictSportsPage.com

• "Ian Desmond sure is struggling - has yet to get a hit in 9 ABs and has recorded 3 E6's in extremely limited time." - "Early Spring Thoughts" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies: "106.7 The Fan's #FUPhilly campaign seems to have riled up Phillies fans" - NatsEnquirer

Marlins: Photos - Marlins first game in new home - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Braves: "'How about let us prove it again and then we can talk about it,' [Eric] O'Flaherty said. 'One good season is not enough.'" - "Atlanta Braves relievers Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty focused only on winning" - Mark Bowman, braves.com: News

Mets: "The Mets were looking for a passing grade — Johan Santana gave them one with flying colors." - "New York Mets' Johan Santana Passes The Test" - Ed Coleman, CBSNewYork.com

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