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Nationals News: Outdueled Edition

  Nats320 argues that yesterday's matchup was one of the best in Nationals' history. After the game, Livan Hernandez is 2-1 on the season and sports a 0.75 ERA.

  Jason Marquis won't need surgery, but will need to rehab for about seven weeks before returning to the mound. Also, Ryan Zimmerman won't be starting today, though he may pinch hit.

  Luis Atilano will be making his MLB debut tonight, and has gone 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA at AAA Syracuse.

  Tyler Clippard will not become a starter because he's too valuable in the bullpen, according to Jim Riggleman.

  The Nats have placed Jason Bergmann on waivers, meaning we will know today whether he becomes a free agent, is sent to Syracuse or is claimed by another team.

  As the Nationals continue to play better, they're becoming more confident, and are, in turn, getting recognition from other teams.

  Yesterday's game was just the second time in 90 seasons that a pitcher coming off of a no-hitter faced a pitcher coming off of a shutout.

  Lots of Nats with Elvis hats.

  Tyler Clippard is rather unheralded, but has been a huge part of the Nats' early success.

  Mike Rizzo is pretending that Stephen Strasburg isn't ready for the majors.

  Stephen Strasburg's Wednesday start was the best he's made so far, according to Dave Shenin.

  Derek Norris, currently playing at Potomac, was placed on the 7-day DL.

Around the league...

  There hasn't been a single game postponement two and a half weeks into the season, a feat which hasn't happened since 1985.

  Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is again allowed to wear his hoodie, just days after being told he couldn't.

  The Brewers racked up 25 hits and scored 20 runs in a shutout against the Pirates.

  The Yankees turned their first triple play since 1968. Watch the video here.