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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Off Day Links, News, Quotes.

• Programming Note: The Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins open a three-game series tomorrow night, so for the second time in the last five days there's no baseball today for Nats fans, who'll have to be happy to read about this weekend's season-opening series with the Braves instead. After facing the Braves and Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson this past weekend, the Nats will face Fish right-hander Anibal Sanchez on Tuesday, with Jason Marquis making his 2011 debut on the mound for the visiting Nationals...



• "'I fell behind guys, and I can’t do that,' Broderick said. 'You have to throw strikes.'" - "Brian Broderick’s rough debut" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "I just think we expect more out of ourselves than we did today. It's not like we didn't go out there and try." - Ryan Zimmerman on Sunday's loss - "After loss to Braves, Nationals want to squelch effort problems early" - Ben Goessling,

• "'Just little things during that game that you saw, that I'm sure everyone saw,' Zimmerman said. "If we want to be a winning team, that stuff can't happen.'' - Ryan Zimmermann - "Nats sloppy in 11-2 loss to Braves" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "'Last year, I wanted to prove to the organization and myself that the injury was not going to derail me.'" - Jason Marquis - "Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins" - Bill Ladson,

• Aaron Crow: "In three total innings, he’s struck out five while allowing two hits and a walk. He earned the Royals’ win opening day." - "What are last year’s Nationals doing? "- Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

•"A leadoff triple by Alex Gonzalez fell between outfielders Rick Ankiel and Jayson Werth - 'Good placement for him, bad placement for us,' Ankiel said." - "Sloppy Nats defense helps Braves win series" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'The nerves didn't get to me at all,' Broderick said. 'I fell behind guys, you can't do that. You fall behind guys (then) you have to throw strikes. They hit strikes.'" - "Broderick learns from rocky debut" - Byron Kerr,

• "'I felt good and I kept the ball down," Zimmermann said afterward. "You’re going to have plays like that [in the field]. It’s baseball; you can’t be perfect every day." - "Hard to gauge Zimmermann’s performance" - Tracee Hamilton, The Washington Post

• "'When I was first coming up, we couldn’t beat Denny Neagle. Couldn’t beat him. He gave our left-handed lineup fits. And a guy like [John] Lannan gives our lefties fits.'" - Chipper Jones on the Nats' pitchers - "Against Nats, Braves scuffle and Phillies make hay" - David O'Brien - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

• "'We don't want him taking good pitches and all that stuff. We want him to be more of the hitter that he is.'" - Rick Eckstein on Ian Desmond"Nats won't ask Desmond to change approach" - Bill Ladson,

• Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@DalaiLama): "As human beings, we are all the same, there is no need to build some kind of artificial barrier between us."


• "Rick Ankiel's third inning home run in yesterday's game was the 5,000th home run hit by a Washington baseball player going back to the 1901 Washington Senators." - "Ankiel's Historic Home Run" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History - Washington Nationals Daily News

• "'I just thought we would have carried a little more fire into this ballgame after yesterday.'" - Jim Riggleman - "GAME 3 REVIEW: Defense, Bullpen 'Sloppy' in 11-2 Loss to Braves" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "'If [fans] come to the game and watch,' continues Desmond, 'they'll notice we're running the bases a little harder.'" -  "Ian Desmond on what to expect for 2011" Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch - Washington Nationals Daily News

• "After the game, manager Jim Riggleman called the game 'sloppy,' and he was right." - "Nationals lose laugher to Braves 11-2" Tom Bridge, We Love DC

 Ramos vs Pudge - "Vamos Ramos" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• He's Back - "But fans who are expecting Espinosa to make a major contribution this year are expecting far too much."- FJB: Expectations for Espinosa

• "Ankylosaurus was an herbivorous dinosaur that wielded a club made out of a bunch crap that congealed at the end of its tail." - "Greek for 'Ankiel-Lizard'" - Ryan, Distinguished Senators

• "Perhaps the world will change for Ian" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, and Jim Riggleman talk about their tough loss.  - "Voices From Today's Route vs. The Braves" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• SharkNatsTown - "A Sharkless outfield is a sloppy outfield." - "No Shark, No Center Fielder, No Victory (Game 3 Recap)" - Sharkadina, Street Shark: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


 Mets: "The Mets won their first series of the year as they defeated the Marlins this afternoon in Florida." - "Mets 9, Marlins 2: Dickey Goes Six Strong, Harris and Davis Go Deep" - Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue

Phillies"'Jimmy has hit third before,' Manuel said. 'He's never been left in the third hole for a long period of time, but he can hit there.'" - "Phillies' lineup taking shape nicely" - Todd Zolecki,

• Braves: "MASN Announcers - For those of you who got the SportsSouth feed, be thankful that you did. Bob Carpenter was in mid-season form with his ridiculous homerism..." - "Braves vs. Nationals Series Recap" - mvhsball, Talking Chop

• Marlins: "'Nothing was working today,' Vazquez said. 'I was behind in the count a lot and not commanding the ball at all. Too many balls out over the plate.'" - "Javier Vasquez falters and defense is shabby in Florida Marlins’ sloppy loss" - Clark Spencer,

• Your Reward For Reading This Far: "I’m a big fan of irrational hope. Every year, when I was columnist at The Kansas City Star, I would write a column about why the Kansas City Royals would win the American League Central." - "Posts A Celebration of Day 2" - Joe Posnanski,