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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Face The Fish In Florida, Marlins/Nats Notes.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 01:  General view of Sun Life Stadium during opening day between the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets on April 1, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 01: General view of Sun Life Stadium during opening day between the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets on April 1, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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• Programming Note: Sirius/XM has tonight's game on ch. 183, FP and Bob will be on MASN HD and Charlie and Dave are going to be on 106.7 the FAN in DC at 7:10 pm EDT when the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins renew their NL East basement rivalry in Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Jason Marquis makes his first start of the season for the Nats against Marlins' right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Ian Desmond's reportedly getting the day off and one of the Nats' outfielders is likely to sit for a spell with Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman determined to get Jerry Hairston, Alex Cora and other members of the Nats' bench more involved than they were in the season opening series with Atlanta...



• "Throw in one of the best all-around players in the game in Hanley Ramirez and stud right fielder Mike Stanton, and the Marlins look well-positioned to compete in the division this year." - "Series preview: Nats at Marlins" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Riggleman is planning to start Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston against the Marlins on Tuesday." - "Cora, Hairston set to start for Nats on Tuesday" - Bill Ladson,

• "If the Nationals ever make the climb to respectability, they will have to conquer the Marlins along the way." - "The Marlins have owned the Nationals" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• NatsTown: "You've no doubt heard (or heard about) the ads featuring Nats manager Jim Riggleman talking about the difference between 'going with the stats' or 'trusting his players.'" - Nationals Buzz: Dave Nichols: "Baseball driven by stats, stoked by hope."

• Twitter: @NationalsPR: "Here are a couple of posts on where some notable #Nationals minor league players will begin the 2011 season:

• Twitter: @NationalsPR: "Triple-A Syracuse: 2010 #Nationals ML Pitcher of the Year LHP Tom Milone, 1B Chris Marrero, RHP Cole Kimball."

• Twitter: @NationalsPR: "Double-A Harrisburg: 2010 #Nationals ML Player of the Year 1B Tyler Moore, 2B Stephen Lombardozzi, C Derek Norris, RHP @RyanTatusko.

• Twitter: @NationalsPR: Single-A Potomac: OF Destin Hood, OF Eury Perez, OF JP Ramirez, 2B Jeff Kobernus, INF Cutter Dykstra, SS Rick Hague, (continued)

• Twitter: @NationalsPR: "More Single-A Potomac: LHP Dan Rosenbaum, 1B Steven Souza, 3B Stephen King, RHP Trevor Holder."

• "The Single-A Hagerstown Suns have announced their 2011 roster, with the biggest name being outfielder and No. 1 draft pick Bryce Harper..." - "Hagerstown releases 2011 roster" - Byron Kerr,

• NatsTown: Coverage and commentary on Monday's Minor League roster news..."Potomac Announces Its 2011 Roster" - Sue Dinem,

• "Minor League spring training has wrapped up and the players are on their way to their respective landing spots to start the season." - "Minor Matters: Where some minor leaguers will start the year" - Amanda Comak - Washington Times

• "I’m not the most talented player," [Alex] Cora said. "But to play 12 years in the big leagues, there’s something good about me." - "Washington Nationals built their bench with veterans, but do pieces fit together? - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• NatsTown: "Nationals 'Optimal' Lineups" - Sean Hogan, DC Sports Plus

• "The former Montreal Expos took the name "Nationals" after the old Washington Senators, a franchise that used the nickname "Nationals" interchangeably with Senators." - "Major League Baseball team nickname origins" - Jeff Edelstein, [Northern Ohio's]

• NatsTown: "What’s the point of all of this? It’s just to say that fans should be more excited about Zimmermann’s outing than the bullpen’s flubs.""The Bright Side of a Blowout" - Charlie, The Nationals Review

 Twitter: @JPosnanski: "@OzzieGuillen calls this a very slappy game for Butler. I'm not sure there's really anything else to be said."

• "[Director of Player Development Doug] Harris said [catcher Jhonatan] Solano belonged with Harrisburg last year and responded." - Byron Kerr: Prospect Solano ready for second shot in Syracuse

• NatsTown: "Nats 2011 Home Opener in Photos" - Cheryl Nichols, NATIONALS NEWS NETWORK: Off The Field

• "This game, with its long season, requires management to be patient, and to makes moves that seem prudent for the long term..." - "The virtues, not the sister act" - Phil Wood, MASN

 • SharkNatsTown: "Everyone is always asking us (no one has ever asked us) how to become better Shark Fans." - "SHARK FANS!" - Sharkadina, Street Shark: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@DalaiLama): "When patience is combined with the ability to discriminate between the action and the one who does it, forgiveness arises naturally."


Phillies: "Several media outlets in recent years have tried to portray the Phillies and New York Mets as having one of the better rivalries in baseball. This can only mean one thing: The people in charge there have lost their thesauruses, dictionaries and minds." - "Inside the Phillies: Phillies, Mets are hardly rivals" - Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer

Mets: The Wilpons once promised Mets fans "meaningful" games in September. Mets fans have been so battered and bruised they’ll be happy to take meaningful games in April..." - "Mets can make a statement with strong series vs. Phils" - Kevin Kernan,

Braves: Reliever Takashi Saito, formerly a Braves teammate. 'If we keep the game close, I know we’ve got a couple of guys here who can hit the ball out of the park at any moment..." - "Prado, Uggla homers power Braves' 2-1 win over Brewers: - David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Marlins: 'We know what kind of outfielders each one of us [is]. Knowing that takes away a lot of the confusion that the outside world [thinks] we would have...'" - "Florida Marlins outfielders learning how to play together" - David J. Neal,