Wire Taps: Washington Nationals And Philadelphia Phillies Drama: Stephen Strasburg vs Roy Halladay

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Did you hear about the Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg and Roy Halladay? Strasburg didn't mean to hit Chase Utley. Halladay's pitch slipped. Anthony Rendon is #notready no matter what the internets say. Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nats today, USA in his next outing. Link time, people.

Two pitches launch a hundred posts. Including this one here. What? We're not against covering/overblowing stories. One got away. One slipped. Roy Halladay smiled as he said that!!!!! Also: Everyone wants you to know Anthony Rendon is not going to make the Opening Day roster in spite of what your hashtags say! Jeez, peoples!! Get reals!!! I mean after Davey Johnson said he wasn't going to make it and he needed more time in the minors I think I can safely lecture you about the fact that he won't make the OD roster even if it was already fairly obvious (and clearly stated by the GM) before ST ever started!!! Ah, Spring Training. Today the big story is Gio Gonzalez's last start with the Nats before he goes to represent Team USA. Gonzalez takes on the Houston Astros this afternoon, so if you haven't written that Bo Porter story yet, here's your chance. So to review. Stephen Strasburg's pitch got away. Halladay's slipped. Rendon is not, I repeat Not Ready! if you actually thought he was. Gio will throw 50-ish pitches today. Bo Porter was the 3B coach. Now with Astros. Ok. On to the links, which start, RIGHT NOW!!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "Roy Halladay wants to make things clear: The pitch that sailed behind Tyler Moore's back 'slipped' from his hand Wednesday." - "Roy Halladay's pitch 'slipped' from his hand, wink wink" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

• NATS BEAT:

• "Nationals Manager Davey Johnson insisted he didn’t think anything of the incident, saying it was 'much ado about nothing.'" - "Did Roy Halladay retaliate for Stephen Strasburg hitting Chase Utley?" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "A mini-kerfuffle unfolded between the Nationals and Phillies on Wednesday after Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley’s back ankle with an errant fastball." - "Nationals notes: Roy Halladay, Phillies 'slip' message to rivals" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "[Stephen] Strasburg said he had no reason to hit [Chase] Utley. [Roy] Halladay said the pitch to Moore slipped." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson, Moore, Manuel discuss Nationals-Phillies incident" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

•"The rivalry that has been intensifying between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals knows no bounds." - "Early in spring training, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies reignite their rivalry" - James Wagner, The Washington Post"

• "Had [Stephen] Strasburg not been pitching for the Nationals, he might have been in the stands fixated on [Roy] Halladay." - "After battle on the hill, Strasburg praises Halladay" - Marty Noble, nationals.com: News

• "Roy Halladay says he wasn't throwing at Tyler Moore after Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley with a pitch." - "Halladay outpitches Strasburg" - AP/WTOP.com

• "From the first inning, it was apparent that [Stephen] Strasburg was going to heavily feature his change-up." - "Stephen Strasburg’s change-up, Anthony Rendon homers, Roy Halladay on Strasburg" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "The fans that packed Bright House Field on Wednesday, despite the chilly and windy weather, got to see two of the premier pitchers in baseball." - "Stephen Strasburg strikes out six, but offense falls short" - Todd Zolecki, nationals.com: News

• "The odds of Christian Garcia being ready for opening day are dismal, if they haven’t wholly disappeared." - "Christian Garcia unlikely to be ready for opening day" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "Beltway Baseball: Who has impressed?" - NatsInsider.com

• "After spending the first eight years of his major league career in the Nationals organization, Lannan now finds himself with the Phillies." - "Nationals Pastime: Now in a Phillies uniform, Lannan holds no grudges against Nats" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The trip from Viera to the Phillies' Spring Training complex here isn't a quick one, Davey Johnson reconfirmed Wednesday morning." - "Davey entertains with stories of Spring Training past" - Marty Noble, nationals.com: News

• "The onetime Washington Nationals left-hander thought the first reunion with his old team would be awkward." - "John Lannan moves on from Nats to new opportunity with Phillies" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "'You can’t hold any grudges in this game,' [John] Lannan said. 'You can’t take anything personally.'" - "John Lannan catches up with his former teammates" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Anthony Rendon crushed another homer today, his third of spring. The home run didn't come off Roy Halladay, but Rendon still enjoyed getting a chance to face the two-time Cy Young Award winner." - "Nationals Pastime: More from Strasburg, plus Rendon discusses his hot spring" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• Nats' Thursday Lineup (via @NationalsPR):

• "Anthony Rendon smashed another home run yesterday, which will not halt the futile drumbeat for him to make the Nationals out of spring training..." - "A deep breath on Anthony Rendon" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The same level of certainty exists with Johnson's plans for the Nationals' batting order. He likes to say 'It's a work in progress,' though the progress may have ended." - "Davey has good idea of Nats' lineup composition" - Marty Noble, nationals.com: News

• "Stephen Strasburg's plunking of Chase Utley yesterday sure appeared unintentional. It took place with runners on the corners in an inning in which Strasburg had already allowed a run..." - "Nationals Pastime: A few additional takeaways from yesterday's incident in Clearwater" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama):

• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "Maybe there's a coolheaded way to say this: The fans of the 2013 Washington Nationals are uncommonly lucky." - "It's hard not to gush over the Nationals." - Chuck Culpepper, Sports On Earth

• "This time, it was a purpose pitch from Roy Halladay that got the blood flowing in a burgeoning rivalry between the Phillies and the Washington Nationals." - "Inside the Phillies: Phillies and Nationals get an early start on hostilities" - Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer

• "Things are getting contentious down in spring training — and it’s only March 7." - "Spring Headlines: Phillies, Nationals add fuel to budding rivalry; Ryan Westmoreland announces retirement" - Mark Townsend, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "Roy Halladay was most complimentary of Stephen Strasburg (seriously)" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

• "Now 8-for-20 in the spring with three homers and three doubles, Rendon also made a start at shortstop, which could indicate that the Nats want to see if he handle a possible utility role later in the season." - "Minor League Update: Games of March 6, 2013" - Jason Martinez, Baseball Prospectus

• "Remember last season when Phillies starter Cole Hamels hit prized Nationals prospect Bryce Harper just because he felt like it?" - "Nationals, Phillies renew HBP-and-retaliation feud" - Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com

• "But considering this was a pitch thrown by Roy Halladay, owner of one of the three best strikeout-walk ratios of the live-ball era, 'inadvertent' didn't seem to be the best way to describe it." - "Nats, Phillies exchange purpose pitches" - Jayson Stark, Spring Training Blog - ESPN

• "Roy Halladay threw 56 pitches in a sterling effort Wednesday, but one fastball clearly stood out in the Phillies' 6-3 victory over division rival Washington." - "Philadelphia Phillies defeat Washington Nationals, 6-3, in Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field" - Chris Wright, Philly.com

• "That evidence came in the form of a fastball stamped into the ankle of Chase Utley..." - "Shots Fired: Nats-Phillies Rivalry Alive and Well" - Chris Lingebach, CBS DC

• "Anthony Rendon might be hitting himself into a Triple-A uniform to start the Spring." - "11 games in: Future Chiefs, Former Doubledays making an impact at Nationals Spring Training" - Ben Meyers, The Auburn Citizen

• "I swear this really happened in my kitchen: I was toasting bagels and I looked down and there it was: The Washington Nationals 'W' logo had appeared, made of delicious Philly cream cheese..." - "‘W’ is for whoa: Washington Nationals logo forms on Philly cream cheese lid" - David Brown, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman first began experiencing discomfort in the shoulder last spring, but it was mild and intermittent and he didn't think much of it." - "Ryan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos, Dan Haren progressing at Washington Nationals camp" - Stephania Bell, ESPN

• "That moment arrived Nov. 29, when the Twins shipped [Denard] Span to the Washington Nationals. And so Span called [Ben] Revere, the next man up." - "These Twins - Span and Revere - separated by NL East rivalry" - Gabe Lacques, USA Today Sports

• NATSTOWN:

• "'In Spring Training, if you do (well), you feel great,' [Dan Haren] said. 'If you feel bad, you’re just working on stuff.'" - "The Zen of Dan Haren"- Curly W Live

• "About that pitch Roy Halladay threw behind Tyler Moore..." - Nats Enquirer

• "Anthony Rendon has said he wants this Spring Training to be one the Washington Nationals management will remember." - "Rendon, Strasburg Shine In Loss To Philadelphia Phillies" - Erin Flynn, The Nats Blog

• "Rendon Homers Again In 6-3 Nats Loss" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• "The bar has been set and it's REALLY high" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "March 7: Senators Birthdays - Jeffrey Alan Burroughs B Mar. 7, 1951 Still Living" - "This Date in Washington Senators History – Jeff Burroughs Birthday" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Get To Know a Nat: Kurt Suzuki" - Nationals 101

• "Needless Beanball Drama" - Ouij, Natstradamus

• "Rendon's Spring Success" - The Nationals Review

• "The Nats and Phillies played a little beanball yesterday during spring training." - "Morning Pixels: Nats, Phillies and that darn slippery baseball" - Sarah Kogod, D.C. Sports Bog

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies: "[Tommy] Joseph, the youngest player in Phillies camp, was 3 for 4. He is hitting .462 (6 for 13) this spring with half of his hits for extra bases." - "Tommy Joseph chats up Roy Halladay, hits Stephen Strasburg" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

Braves: "He's still just 21 years old, but it seems we’ve heard, read or written the praises of Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt for an awfully long time." - "Braves catching prospect Bethancourt shows improvement" - David O'Brien, www.ajc.com

Marlins: "There’s nothing wrong with making your first hit of the spring a memorable one." - "Marlins Tidbits: Loria 'Truth-o-Meter,' Silverio, Marisnick, Polanco injuries" - Clark Spencer, Fish Bytes, Miami Herald

Mets: "Team Venezuela’s visit for an exhibition with the Mets on Wednesday brought a flurry of activity, with Francisco Rodriguez making an impassioned plea to return..." - "Francisco Rodriguez pitches NY Mets reunion" - Andy Martino, NY Daily News

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