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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Spring Opener, Rizzo Said What?


• RIP: Hall of Famer Duke Snider passes away at 84 | Marty Noble, News

"Legendary Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider passed away at the age of 84 on Sunday. The Duke was 31 when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn."

• via @NationalsPR on Twitter: "106.7 The Fan will be the radio home of the Nationals beginning March 2011."

• via @NationalsPR on Twitter: "1st ST Lineup- Monday at NYM - Morgan 8, Desmond 6, Bernadina 7, Morse 9, Stairs DH, Ramos 2, Barker 3, Espinosa 4, Hairston 5, Gaudin 1.

• A.J. Cole, Tom Milone, Jack McGeary, Sammy Solis, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez...+ More: In case you missed it, the Nationals announced their accelerated minor league camp roster yesterday -'s Ben Goessling

• "He stands wide open, facing the pitcher, as if he's curious about what's happening out in center field. It's different, but it works, and he's been doing it his whole life." Washington Post Adam Kilgore - Nationals Journal - "How Adam LaRoche developed his stance." 

• Want to see Bryce Harper in a Nationals uniform this year? Head to Florida says's Phil Wood, "Finding Harper in April."

• Aesthetically pleasing? No. Do they cost pitchers extra pitches? Yes. But you'll be surprised by what the Washington Times' Dan Daly discovers about Ian Desmond's league-leading E total "Are 34 Errors Really That Big a Deal? - Washington Times - Dan Daly

• Everyone's waiting to see Bryce Harper's debut this afternoon - CSN Washington - Mark Zuckerman -"Harper makes Nats debut today."

• NatsTown: 

• Morse supporters, you are not alone, trust me. And he'll get his shot this year... - "Why is Bernadina the presumed LF Starter over Morse?" " Nationals Arm Race

• Harper at Nationals Baseball saves us from horrible future headlines. - Nationals Baseball: "Twelve-Sided Bryce"

• Jenn from is in Florida following the Nats and capturing everything on film. - Working and playing together's Bill Ladson profiles the Nats' Director of Travel - "Rob McDonald handles more than travel plans for Nationals."

• Today's Message from the Dalai Lama: "As we develop more love for others, we’ll have more confidence in ourselves; the more courage we have, the more relaxed and serene we’ll be." - Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) on Twitter

• NL East (starting with Rizzo Reactions): 

Phillies: Kinda what they expected I think. And no, not a big story... - "Jayson Werth hates the Phillies. This is an OUTRAGE!" - The Good Phight

Phillies: For Nationals GM Rizzo, hate is a strong word | Paul Hagen, Philadelphia Daily News | 02/28/2011

Marlins: Hope it's nothing serious and they don't seem to think it is... - "Mike Stanton injured on day one." - Craig - FishStripes

Mets: Who knows how this roster will perform, but off field it keeps getting worse for the Mets - "For Mets, Another Storm to Weather" - George Vecsey,

Mets vs Marlins?: What? No LaRoche in the discussion? - "Fantasy Baseball Head to Head Match-up: Ike Davis is no Gaby Sanchez" - Mike Cardano, Around the Horn Baseball

Braves: mvhsbball at Talking Chop provides Atlanta Braves Spring Training coverage and asks, "Five Burning Questions" - mvhsbball, Talking Chop