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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Play Doubleheader With St. Louis Cardinals Today.

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• Programming Notes: The 2:15 pm EDT game this afternoon between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals is listed as being on 106.7 the FAN in DC and 1500 WFED (though I've read elsewhere that 106.7 the FAN won't carry day games so check WHFS1580) and MASN2 HD. Sirius/XM hasn't yet added the game to its schedule for this afternoon, so subscribers might have to search around for the day-half of the doubleheader. Tonight's game is listed as being on Sirius/XM ch. 186 at 8:15 pm EDT, 106.7 the FAN in DC, 1500 WFED and MASN2 HD...John Lannan vs Jake Westbrook at 2:15 pm EDT. Jordan Zimmermann vs Jaime Garcia at 8:15 pm EDT in game two...



• " you know the last time the Nationals were in first or tied for first place at least six games into the season?" - "First place, here the Nationals come?" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'I think what is really impressive is our offense really hasn't been clicking the way it is capable of,' LaRoche said." - "Offense catching up to pitching boosts Nats' confidence" - Byron Kerr,

• "'I'm going to reverse the catching. I'll catch Pudge in the first game. No particular reason for that,' Riggleman said." - "Nationals' game against Cardinals washed out" - Bill Ladson,

• "Upton will be expensive to obtain, but the Nats might be a match. But I keep coming back to another name who would fit equally as well: Michael Bourn of the Houston Astros." - "Future center field options" - Phil Wood,

• "Riggleman has stressed many times that the Nationals do not have a "prototypical" leadoff hitter, but Espinosa’s filling the role admirably." - "Danny Espinosa consistently making contact" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "On Sunday, first baseman Adam LaRoche made a play that suggested the slight labrum tear in his left shoulder is getting worse, not better. But that’s not the case..." - "Adam LaRoche feeling ‘better’ about his throwing shoulder" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'I'm doing good. It's a small strain. It felt like a cramp,' Coffey said." - "Coffey reports no problems after throwing" - Bill Ladson,

• "'I didn't even go out there when it was pouring,' Riggleman said. 'I guess it was horrendous. Guys were coming in saying they'd never seen anything like it.'" - "Washington Nationals Get Another Day Off" - AP/

• "To come back and play in front of the St. Louis fans is awesome," said Ankiel. "There's tons of memories and tons of support throughout the years." - "Warm welcome for Ankiel in return" - Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

• "To have the day before the season started off and then we’ve had three and now two rainouts, it’s like five or six days of no baseball." - "Nationals-Cardinals game postponed; teams to play day-night doubleheader Wednesday" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• Nats Minor Leagues: 

• "A Nationals source reports Norris is 'ready to go'. Weather permitting, Norris is expected to start tonight." - "Prospet Norris activated from DL" - Byron Kerr,

• "[Yunesky] Maya labored through 6 innings with 118 pitches but tossed four scoreless frames after the first two innings." - "Chiefs fall in PawSox pitchers duel" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• SHARKNatsTown: 

• "At the time of this post, the Nationals game is still delayed because of rain (RAIN DOESN'T AFFECT SHARKS)." - "SHARK VS BEARS: ROUND 2" - Sharkadina, Street Shark: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• WashingSheengton?: (sorry!)

• "Charlie Sheen performed in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night and he came out wearing a Washington Nationals jersey." - "Charlie Sheen Performs In D.C., Wears A Nationals Jersey" - Andrew Kinback, Half Smokes - SB Nation DC

• NatsTown: 

• "The only glaring issue [with Morse] seems to be the high strikeout rate. His line drive percentage is down just a bit, and his fly ball percentage is up a tad..." - "A Tale of Two Swings" - Charlie, The Nationals Review

 "Charlie Sheen Wore A Nats Jersey In DC Tuesday Night -UPDATED" - DangerNat, Nationals Inquisition

• "The President must have been aware that he may not get a gracious welcome from the fans at Griffith Stadium..." - "This Day in D.C. Baseball History - President Truman Greeted by Boo-Birds" - Mark Hornbaker, Washington Nationals Daily News

• Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@DalaiLama): "We must recognize the great capacity we all have within."

• NL EAST Updates: 

Braves: "...third baseman Chipper Jones robbed rookie Jerry Sands of a possible double down the line with a diving stop and threw him out by a step." - "Dodgers Lose 10-1 to Homer-Happy Braves" - AP/

Mets: "Terry Collins watched in quiet rage as Murphy was thrown out — waiting while his player collected himself and returned to the dugout — before exploding." - "Klapisch: Mets' Terry Collins in personal purgatory" - Bob Klapisch,

Phillies: "True, the Phillies did not put a leadoff man on base in any of the nine innings last night. But the biggest problem hasn't been creating the foundation for a rally" - "For Phillies, a lopsided loss to Brewers, with a catch" David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News

 Marlins: ""I don't think he's pressing, but he's not expanding his zone too much," Rodriguez said. "I think he's looking for one pitch, one zone and he's still not ready to cover that outside part of the plate..." - Marlins' Skipper Edwin Rodriguez on Mike Stanton - "Stanton slides down to sixth in the lineup" - Clark Spencer, Fish Bytes

Joe Blogs: "We’re right about at the 16-game point now. And what’s happening? The Cleveland Indians are in first place with the best record in baseball. The Boston Red Sox are 5-10. The Colorado Rockies look unbeatable..." - "Posts A 16-Game Baseball Season" - Joe Posnanski,