Wire Taps: Nationals' OF Bryce Harper In CF In 2013 All-Star Game; Jordan Zimmermann In NY

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Bryce Harper finished second in the HR Derby last night. Tonight in Citi Field in New York, the Nationals' 20-year-old outfielder will start in center and bat ninth for the National League. Jordan Zimmermann will be recognized, but he won't pitch.

Jordan Zimmermann decided not to pitch in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, but the Washington Nationals' 27-year-old right-hander will be announced as part of the NL roster tonight in Citi Field in New York. Zimmermann's teammate with the Nats and the National League All-Stars, Bryce Harper, will start in center field tonight and bat ninth in manager Bruce Bochy's lineup as the NL tries to win the fifth straight Midsummer Classic? Davey Johnson, Harper and Zimmermann will be in Flushing, Queens, NY tonight when the game starts at 8:00 pm EDT. Until then it's links and lots of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "His first purchase after the Nationals paid him $495,000 to sign as their second-round pick in 2007 was a fishing boat, but the baseball season doesn’t allow him to use it much." - "Jordan Zimmermann's quiet rise to All-Star status" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• NATS BEAT:

• "Twenty-six cities have hosted the all-star game since RFK Stadium hosted it two generations ago." - "The Nationals want to host a future all-star game in Washington" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "Jordan Zimmermann was a bit less popular with reporters, which didn't seem to bother the soft-spoken right-hander one bit." - "Highlights from All-Star media day" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "The 20-year-old kid acts like he's been here before, because he has. The 27-year-old veteran is a little more wide-eyed." - "Washington Nationals Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmermann having 'blast' as All-Stars" - Matthew Leach, nationals.com: News


• "Twenty-six cities have hosted the all-star game since RFK Stadium hosted it two generations ago." - "The Nationals want to host a future all-star game in Washington" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "[Jordan] Zimmermann said his neck remains sore, especially in the mornings when he wakes up, but it felt slightly better on Monday." - "Jordan Zimmermann on being an all-star, stiff neck" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Bryce] Harper put on a show, making the finals in his first ever major league Home Run Derby and hitting eight homers in each round." - "Nationals Pastime: Harper advances to second round of Home Run Derby (Harper is runner-up)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Monday evening at Citi Field, with 43,448 people packed into the stands, Ron Harper donned a major league uniform and stood about 50 feet from his son on a major league field." - "Harpers share 'Dream come true' as Bryce Harper places second in Home Run Derby" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "When Bryce Harper was 10 years old, he told his father that if he was ever selected to a Home Run Derby he would pick him to throw to him." - "Bryce Harper wants to ‘do what no one else has done’ in Home Run Derby" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "So when they stepped into the spotlight Monday night at Citi Field, Bryce and Ron Harper paid no attention to the crowd of 43,588 watching in person or the millions more watching the Home Run Derby on national TV." - "Harpers share Derby dream together" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com


• "Just 11 of the 34 members of the National League club here have been on more all-star teams than 20-year-old Bryce Harper of the Nationals." - "All-Star Game 2013: At Midsummer Classic, a lot of new stars in the sky" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "[Bryce] Harper's bid to win his first career Derby was foiled by the incredible power displayed by [Yoenis] Cespedes. But the experience was still one that he and his father will forever cherish." - "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper showcases power in Home Run Derby" - Mark Bowman, nationals.com: News

• "The Nationals head into the All-Star break with a 48-47 record. They went 27-18 at home, 21-29 on the road and have a run differential of minus-14 to this point." - "Nationals Pastime: A look back at the first half" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Baseball — and television, of course — have tried to spice up the event with a futures game and the Home Run Derby, which might be a great idea if not left in the hands of ESPN, which has rendered what should be a good time into a tedious gabfest." - "MLB All-Star Game: Baseball needs to decide what it should be" - Tracee Hamilton, The Washington Post

• "[Bruce] Bochy put Washington's Bryce Harper in the ninth spot and center field." - "National League manager Bruce Bochy fills out lineup hopeful to win home field" - Adam Berry, nationals.com: News

• "At some point in 2011, however, the Nationals were also highly interested in [Chris] Davis and loved his potential, according to a team source." - "That time the Nationals were interested in Chris Davis" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Think PEDs and looming suspensions are the black cloud hanging over MLB at the All-Star break?" - "MLB's Biogenesis squeeze little more than legal hidden-ball trick" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "The Nationals have announced their intention to move their spring training base from Space Coast Stadium in Viera on Florida's east coast because of their remote location in relation to other Grapefruit League teams." - "Nationals Buzz: Osceola County commissioners delay Kissimmee stadium vote until Aug. 19" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

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• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "Osceola County commissioners hope to hit a home run by constructing a new spring-training home for the Washington Nationals, but they decided against swinging for the fences Monday night." - "Osceola spring training nationals" - Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel


• "Osceola County commissioners will delay a decision to build a new facility for the Washington Nationals until next month." - "Osceola County delays plan for Washington Nationals stadium" - Bakari Savage, News 13

• "Osceola County commissioners are meeting Monday evening to consider using $90 million in tourism development taxes to build a new state-of-the-art spring training facility for the Washington Nationals." - "Osceola Commissioners discuss spring training facility for Washington Nationals" - Miami Newsday

• "In terms of intriguing, headline-grabbing talent, MLB couldn't have scripted a better Home Run Derby final than the one that unfolded on Tuesday night in Citi Field." - "Yoenis Cespedes tops Bryce Harper in Home Run Derby final" - Dayn Perry, CBSSports.com

• NATS MINORS:

Class-A Auburn: "Doubledays infielder Cody Gunter was big tonight at the plate going 2-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored." - "Staten Island Defeat Doubledays 7-4 In Finale" - Auburn Doubledays News

• "With two on and his team trailing by three, Jimmy Yezzo sent the first pitch he saw flying toward right-center field." - "Doubledays drop third straight" - Jeremy Houghtaling, Auburn Citizen

Class-A Hagerstown: "The Hagerstown Suns (15-10, 53-39) couldn't muster much offense Monday as they fell to the Rome Braves (10-14, 46-47) by a score of 3-1." - "Rome beats Hagerstown to split series" - Jeff Clark, Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "Nationals LHP Sammy Solis did not factor into the decision but coming back from shoulder stiffness was very sharp. Solis tossed 4.0 scoreless innings and allowed just one base hit..." - "P-Nats Slug Past Red Sox in 9-4 Rout" - Potomac Nationals News

• "Left-hander Sammy Solis returned from the disabled list to throw four shutout innings in the Potomac Nationals' 9-4 win at Salem on Monday night." - "Solis 'looked sharp' in return to Potomac as P-Nats beat Salem 9-4" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Double-A Harrisburg: "Jason Martinson and Jimmy Van Ostrand each hit solo home runs, but it wasn't enough, as the Harrisburg Senators fell to the Erie SeaWolves 7-3 on Sunday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park." - "Martinson, Van Ostrand Homer in Loss to Erie" - Marshall Kelner, Harrisburg Senators News

•"Jimmy VanOstrand delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th, lifting the Harrisburg Senators to a 3-2 victory over New Britain on a steamy Monday night at Metro Bank Park." - "Jimmy VanOstrand hammers a walk-off home run as Harrisburg Senators win 3-2 in 10 innings" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, edged out a win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday, 2-1." - "Moore, Chiefs clip IronPigs on Sunday" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "Yoenis Cespedes beats Bryce Harper in 2013 Home Run Derby" - Nats Enquirer

• "Remembering 1924 – The Senators are in a tight race for first place" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History

• "Video of all 24 home runs Bryce Harper hit in the Home Run Derby" - Nats Enquirer

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves: "Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt, 21, played in his second consecutive Futures Game Sunday and probably would have started his second straight if not for a sore left wrist." - "Bethancourt catches in second Futures game" - Carroll Rogers, www.ajc.com

Mets: "[Matt] Harvey will start for the National League club in his first All-Star Game of a young career that has excited Mets fans the way Doc Gooden and Tom Seaver did." - "Harvey’s blistering heater to start All-Star Game for NL at Mets’ home park" - George A. King III, NYPOST.com

Marlins: "The island of [Jose] Fernández’s youth rots a little more by the day, and it is stuck in the Dark Ages in many ways, including the televising of baseball." - "Stars align for Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez" - Dan Le Batard, MiamiHerald.com

Phillies: "[Cliff] Lee has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block a trade to 21 teams. Amaro said he does not want to trade Lee." - "Lee shrugs off trade talk at All-Star Game" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

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