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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Beat Tim Hudson, Now Take Aim At Tommy Hanson.

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Programming Note: MASN HD, 106.7 The Fan in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM channel 184. The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves play game two of three in Turner Field tonight with Nats' lefty John Lannan on the mound against ATL right-hander Tommy Hanson. The Nationals managed to beat Tim Hudson last night, supporting Jason Marquis in his 100th career win. The Nats have won three of their last four after dropping three in-a-row to start the nine-game road trip that ends with tomorrow's series finale with the Braves. A win tonight guarantees wins in three of the last four series...Can Lannan get it done? Who's Watching the Nationals?



• "They've played 35 games, and one-fifth of those have been decided by a run. Nothing ever comes easy for them..." - "Nationals hang on for 7-6 victory over Braves" - Ben Goessling,

• "But there is another group of relievers in the majors doing similar work — largely without that same attention. Their names are Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett and Drew Storen." - "Braves stacked in back of bullpen, but so are Nats" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Matching up with Hanson will be John Lannan, who looks to continue his history of quality pitching against Atlanta and rebound from his poorest effort of the season his last time out." - "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Hanson, Lannan set to square off in Atlanta" - Jon Star, Preview

• "'Who’d ever thought when I first broke in I would get this?' Marquis said last night, the game ball resting in the locker behind him." - "Jason Marquis hits 100 wins" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'It was a little scary there,' said manager Jim Riggleman after the bullpen almost turned a celebratory night into a dismal one." - "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Long balls back Marquis as Nats top Braves" - Guy Curtright, WSH Recap

• "If Marquis keeps pitching well, his agent could legitimately position him as the third-best pitcher in the free agent class, behind Mark Buehrle and Joel Piniero..." - "What is Jason Marquis' future with the Nationals?" - Ben Goessling,

• "Perhaps no one personified the Nationals’ trying luck at the plate of late more than Werth, who grounded into a double play when the Nationals’ scored their first run." - "Nationals hang on to give Marquis milestone win" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• SHARKNatsTown: 

• "Roger Bernadina has become, and may well continue to be for much of the season, the Nationals’ leadoff hitter." - "Roger Bernadina might be at the top of the Nationals order to stay" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Nationals need a table-setter at the top of the order, and the speedy Bernadina is the closest they have to that." - "Riggleman likes Bernadina at top of the order" - Guy Curtright,

• "In the bottom of the 7th, The Shark used his super speed and his Shark Cannon to gun down Frddie Freeman at 2nd base. Freddie apparently walked back to the dugout muttering about having been 'bitten by a shark,' and his 'nightmares came true...'" - "Braves Anything But When Shark Comes to Atlanta" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "If he dominates at High-A like he has against Low-A, I could then envision seeing him spending the last month of the season at Double-A Harrisburg." - "Bryce Harper and His Path to the Show" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Wilson Ramos has been the eighth best defensive catcher in baseball this season. Not bad considering there are 75 on the list..." - "Wilson Ramos Is One Of The Best Defensive Catchers In Baseball This Season" - William Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "The most interesting Harper play of the day was in the 2nd when he tried to throw a runner out at the plate - the throw, from deep right, went well over the catchers head and into the netting..." - "Education Day with Bryce Harper" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "When our intentions are good, we are stronger and have greater self-confidence."


• "[Tom] Milone pitched his best game of the year, going seven and 2/3rds innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out seven." - "Wednesday’s News & Notes" April Whitzman,

• Class-A Hagerstown: "Right fielder Bryce Harper extended his hit streak to 14 games with two hits, including an RBI single to left in the fifth inning..." - "Harper has two singles, RBI as Hagerstown wins 21st game" - Byron Kerr,

• Class-A Potomac: Cutter Dykstra 1 for 4, Destin Hood 1 for 4 HR, run scored, Trevor Holder takes loss - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

Double-A Harrisburg: "But from my seat, Shairon Martis deserves top billing for this 9-2 Senators' victory over the Altoona Curve." - "Game 31: Senators 9, Curve 2" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Double-A Harrisburg: "Another day, another two-homer performance by a member of the Harrisburg Senators. Bill Rhinehart hit a pair of two-run blasts on Tuesday night as the Senators pasted the visiting Altoona Curve, 9-2." "Sens' two-homer streak continues" - John Parker, News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Bill Rhinehart led the way for the Senators hitting two two-run home runs. It was the fourth game in a row and Senators player has homered twice in a game..." - "Rhinehart leads Senators to 9-2 win over Altoona" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse starter Tommy Milone dazzled through seven and two-thirds innings. Milone shut out the Tides through six innings, eventually allowing just five hits and three runs while striking out seven." - "Milone, Chiefs shut down Tides" - Syracuse Chiefs News


Mets: "Mets first baseman Ike Davis left in the fifth inning of New York’s 4-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday night after he strained his left calf." - "New York Mets' Ike Davis Injures Calf During Infield Collision With David Wright" - CBS New York

• Phillies/Marlins: "In a matchup of aces, Roy Halladay's walk to Josh Johnson proved pivotal." - "Josh Johnson outduels Halladay" - AP/The Globe and Mail

Braves: "[Alex] Gonzalez rested Monday on the team’s off day and said the groin wasn’t bad Tuesday. A little tight, but not painful." - Gonzalez could return as soon as Wednesday" David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution