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  Livan Hernandez, signed to a minor league contract just two months ago, has been dominant, and is looking to prove his doubters wrong.

  Although Ryan Zimmerman missed his sixth straight game yesterday, the injury isn't serious enough to get an MRI. Maybe I'm too conservative, but if my star player missed six games, I'd probably want an MRI as a precaution.

  I've found that the best athletes (and drummers, for that matter) make the funniest faces. By that metric, Stephen Strasburg is one of the best athletes I've ever seen. Also, he allowed zero hits, zero walks, and struck out six in his start yesterday.

  Tom Milone, currently pitching at AA Harrisburg, could be the next John Lannan.

  FJB, expressing concern for Mike Rizzo's immortal soul, demands that Strasburg be called up now.

  The Nats have optioned Jesse English to Syracuse in order to bring up Roger Bernadina. Mike Rizzo was sure to point out that this is not a demotion, but is rather a 'strategic roster move' given the number of injuries the Nats are dealing with.

  Brian Bruney has struck out just 1.3 batters per walk issued, a statistic we saw play out Monday night.

  Despite his having earned a quality start on Monday, John Lannan is not satisfied with his performance.

  Adam Dunn likes batting at Wrigley Field, having hit more home runs there than any other park, except the Great American Ball Park.

  These Nats are playing with poise, and it shows in their winning record.

  Carrie Muskat,'s Cubs beat reporter, is a big fan of Jim Riggleman.

  Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge is impressed by Stephen Strasburg.

  Ben Goessling attempts to imagine how much Drew Storen will be paid when he gets called up.

  Jim Riggleman says that while the Nats don't have typical right field power in their lineup, they have been getting consistent defensive production from their platoon.

Around the league...

  Major League Baseball is cracking down on player use of Twitter, prompting Just A Nats Fan to wonder if MLB will ever 'get it.'

  Braves Manager Bobby Cox said that Albert Pujols is worth $50 million/year, doubling the $25 million/year Ryan Howard got because he's twice as good. Wow.

  Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman says she feels remorseful after heckling President Obama at the Yankees' White House ceremony.