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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper vs The World.

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• Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals dropped two of three to their NL East rivals from Atlanta in the season-opening series in D.C. Tonight they face the Braves in the first of three games in Turner Field. Jason Marquis on the mound against ATL right-hander Tim Hudson, who held the Nationals to one run on three hits the first time they met in 2011. Marquis is coming off a 5.0 inning outing against the Phillies in which he surrendered 10 hits, seven runs, six earned and two walks. Marquis better be strong, cause Hudson dominates the Nats...MASN HD, 106.7 the FAN in DC, 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 184, Who's Watching the Nationals?



• "'Once I get in the box, and once I’m on the field, we’re playing baseball, like I’ve been playing since I was 6,' Werth said." - "Jayson Werth making adjustments to remedy slow start" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "What people don’t see is I was working my [behind] off in the cage before that, and those are the kinds of things that frustrate me..." - Ian Desmond - "New dad Desmond shines thanks to son" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals have turned the strikeout into a rite of passage. Through 34 games, they've totaled 270 strikeouts, an average of 7.94 per game." - "Swing and a miss" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'It’s not that I have a great memory. I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday,' he said. 'But it’s just that this is important to me. This matters.'" - Bob Hudson on 1st Senators game - "Seventy-five years later, a baseball love affair still blooms" - Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post

• "Cathy Colleli, an Oleny, Md., resident and breast cancer survivor, was named the Nationals' winner of the 2011 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, the club and Major League Baseball announced Monday." - "Cathy Colleli named Nationals' Honorary Bat Girl" - Cash Kruth, News

• "Rizzo assembled a roster that lacks table-setters, has limited flexibility and little power, leaving Manager Jim Riggleman to deal with the mess." - "Nationals have improved their defense but taken a step backward at the plate" - Jason, Reid, The Washington Post

• "Marquis wants redemption. He is coming off his worst outing of the season when he surrendered seven runs over five innings against the Phillies." - "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Hudson, Braves face Nats in comfort of home" - Jesse Sanchez, Preview

• "In this week's show, I talked about the Nationals' rotation, possible trade options, the future of Bryce Harper and the team's strategy for the June draft. Hope you enjoy it." - "Podcast: Answering your questions about the Nationals" - Ben Goessling,

• "It will not get any easier tonight for the Nationals, who open a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves and the hottest pitching staff in the majors." - "The Nationals’ tough schedule continues" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "So, where does he fit in with the Nats? I can't help but think that this deal is designed to make sure everyone knows that Roger Bernadina is really a left fielder." - "Gregorian chance" - Phil Wood,


Class-A Hagerstown: "Good news from the offensive side of the ball in the minor leagues as outfielders Archie Gilbert and Bryce Harper have been named Player of the Week in their respective leagues for the week of May 2-8" - "Suns' Harper, Senators' Gilbert grab Player of the Week honors" - Byron Kerr,

Class-A Hagerstown: "The No. 1 pick in the 2010 Draft entered the game batting .467 over his last 12 games, with four homers and 10 RBIs in that span." - "Harper runs hitting streak to 13 games" - Danny Wild, News

Class-A Potomac: "The P-Nats led twice in the series opener but the bullpen faltered in the late innings, and the top of the order failed to deliver on numerous occasions that could have stretched the Potomac lead." - "GAC ATTACK: HOMER LEADS DASH" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Erik Arnesen made his first start of the year and went 5.1 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits. Jimmy Barthmaier and Cory VanAllen combined to pitch 2.2 innings and allowed just a single hit." - "Senators Snap Three-Game Losing Streak with Bizarre Ending" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "ESPN's Tim Kurkjian has famously said on many occasions, 'Baseball is the best game in part because every night you go to the ballpark, you might see something you've never seen before. No other sport can say that like baseball can.'" - "Game 30: Senators 3, Curve 2" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Triple-A Syracuse: "Starting pitcher Brad Meyers picked up the win in his first Triple-A start and was backed by four innings of shutout Chiefs relief." - "Flores, Chiefs slam Tides in 8-4 win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

NatsTown Minors: "Tom Milone: Milone continues to try to push his way into a potential major league call up after a 2.85 ERA in AA last year. " - "Nats Farm Report" - Tyler Radecki, Nats News Network

NatsTown Minors: "Brad Meyers’ AAA debut was a bit pedestrian, but he had the fortune of throwing it on a night when the Chiefs offense wasn’t its usual self..." - "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem,

SHARKNatsTown: "Patrick Neuman of the Washington Nationals Examiner wrote an article about the Shark entitled "How Roger Bernadina can win a job"....He also mentions this Sharkadina blog calling Tyler and I "appropriately-dressed shark people..." - "Shark News and Olds" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "The noise coming out of Hagerstown that is Bryce Harper gets louder and louder by the day..." - "What The Experts Are Saying On Bryce Harper's Meteoric Rise Through Single-A " - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Wilson Ramos - Pudge 2 - We knew that the kid was going to be good, being listed in the top 5 of several Nats Prospects lists. I don't think anyone really expected him to be this good." - "Standouts - Non-Pitcher Edition" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "First question: When did the Nationals become the landing pad for washed out Kansas City Royals? Isn't that what Pittsburgh is for?" - "Gregor Blanco, Rick Ankiel, or a Red-Hot Poker?" - Steven, FJB

• "This week's series figures to narrow the gap either between the Nats and Braves, who are three games apart in the standings..." - "A peek ahead: Nats finish NL East road trip in Atlanta" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch, Washington Nationals Daily News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Giving is recognized as a virtue in every major religion and in every civilized society, and it clearly benefits both giver and receiver." - 


Mets: "There has been so much chatter about the possible trade of Jose Reyes that I felt compelled to set the record straight." - "Coutinho: Will Jose Reyes Be A Met In 2012?" - Rich Coutinho, CBS New York

Phillies/Marlins: "The latest duel between two of baseball's best pitchers ensures extra adrenaline in both dugouts, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said." - "Halladay, Johnson square off" - AP/ : Phillies

Braves: "The one thing that stood out to me during the course of Teheran’s appearance was how comfortable the Phillie hitters looked in the batters box. They were all over his fastball and never flinched at his changeup." - "Julio Teheran Makes Debut For The Atlanta Braves" - Adam Bernacchio,

MLB News: "The Brewers unwrapped that new toy for the home fans on Monday, and Greinke didn't disappoint." - "Dominant as advertised, Greinke wins home debut" - Adam McCalvy, MIL Recap