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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals In New York To Face Mets, Harmon Killebrew Story Links.

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• Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals start another two-game series tonight in Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, NY, with Tom Gorzelanny on the mound against New York Mets' right-hander Dillon Gee at 7:10 pm EDT. Tonight's start is Gee's second against the Nationals. The first was his MLB debut last September when he held Nats' bats to two hits, three walks and one earned run over 7.0 innings pitched, inspiring "Gee Whiz!" headlines all around the NY/NJ/CONN tri-state region. The game is on MASN2 HD, 106.7 the FAN in DC, 1500 WFED, SNY in NY and WFAN 660 AM


• Harmon Killebrew Stories: 

• "For baseball fans and Washingtonians there was a distinct sadness felt today with the passing of Harmon Killebrew." "Statement from Washington Nationals Regarding the Passing of Harmon Killebrew" - Official Press Release

• "A man who wielded significant power in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s and is generally recognized as the first player to admire the parabolic trajectories of self-launched baseballs has died." - "Harmon Killebrew, Twins legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 74" - Marty Noble,

• "Over his career, Killebrew hit between 42 and 49 homers eight times. He was one of the reasons the traditionally terrible Senators were getting good when Calvin Griffith shanghaied them to Minnesota in 1961." - "HELLER: Harmon Killebrew holds special place in D.C. baseball lore" - Dick Heller, Washington Times

• "Upon learning he was ending his cancer treatment and entering hospice treatment at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., over the weekend, the Nationals hung a No. 3 Killebrew jersey in their dugout." - "Harmon Killebrew: 1936-2011" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "'I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players and that’s what I tried to do,' Killebrew said.'" - "Hall of Famer Killebrew dies at 74" - Dave Campbell, Washington Times

• "When Harmon was only 17 years-old he was drafted by the Washington Senators." - "Harmon Killebrew Dies at the age of 74" - Mark Hornbaker, History's Perspective, Washington Nationals Daily News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "We need to think of each other as true brothers and sisters, concerned for each other’s welfare." - 


• "The Nationals open Interleague Play on Friday in Baltimore, with Jason Marquis getting the start in the opener, John Lannan starting on Saturday, and Zimmermann keeping his spot on Sunday." - "Wet weather forces postponement of Nationals-Pirates finale" - Steven Miller,

• "In an email, a team spokesman took great care to emphasize that there's no injury to Zimmermann, calling it a 'manager's decision.'" - "The Nationals' pitching rotation for the next week" - Ben Goessling,

• "'Everybody says, ‘Everyone goes through it,’' Espinosa said. 'But at some point, you wonder how long.'" - "Nationals' Danny Espinosa looks to shake hitting doldrums" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "The Nationals have not decided on, or at least not publicly declared, the number of innings Zimmermann will be limited to this season, but it will likely be somewhere between 150 and 165." - "Jordan Zimmermann skipped, not injured" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The biggest blow, though, was the revelation this week that third baseman David Wright has a stress fracture in his lower back." - "Series preview: Nats at Mets" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats

• "On the homestand, Bernadina went 5-for-16, walked three times, drove in three runs and laid down several beautiful bunts." - "Are we there yet?" - Bob Carpenter,

• "Lannan found a way to get through the rough patch early on. In years past, a struggle similar to Monday's start early would have opened up a big inning for his opponent." - "Lannan learning to battle through early adversity" - Byron Kerr,

• "'That’s really my job,' Hairston said last night. 'I know I’m not Zim. Zim’s our best player. I try to do what I can do.'" - "Jerry Hairston helping Nationals stay afloat without Ryan Zimmerman" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post


Class-A Potomac -"Paul Demny pitched well again, but for the sixth time in seven starts received virtually no run support." - "BASERUNNING PLAGUES NATS IN 2-0 LOSS" - Potomac Nationals News

• "Some guys have hit or pitched much better on the road (Perez, Lehman) and some have really done noticeably better at the Pfitz (Hood, Demny)." - "First Impressions" - Sue Dinem,

Double-A Harrisburg - "If the Nationals promote Perez, they would be responsible for $400,000 and the Mets' cost would be reduced to $11.6 million." - "Former Mets lefty Oliver Perez activated to Double-A Harrisburg" - Byron Kerr,

Double-A Harrisburg: "The lone run scored by the Sens came on a two-out double by Derek Norris in the fourth which plated Bill Rhinehart." - "Martis Sharp but the Senators fall to the Rock Cats 4-1" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Derek Norris went 2 for 4 tonight with the Senators lone RBI. In the last week, the catcher from Kansas has gone 8 for 19 (.421 AVG) with three doubles and one home run." - "Game 36: Rock Cats 4, Senators 1" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Triple-A Syracuse: "Starter Craig Stammen (3-2) matched a season-high with seven strikeouts and did not walk a batter in six innings." - "Chiefs take 4-3 win with just four hits" - Syracuse Chiefs News


• "Yesterday, I coined a new word; Bernadefense. The word refers to playing defense in a way reminiscent of the Shark." - "Pirates too scared to face Shark, Nats game called" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


 Seriously? You're not following Todd Coffey on Twitter?  (@ToddCoffey)"My elbow, perfectly round ball mark." 

• "In our latest installment of 'we're running out of interesting things to post about Bryce Harper.'" - "Watch Bryce Harper applying his eye black" - The Nationals Enquirer

• "In his latest outing (5/16 against the Pirates), John Lannan worked around 11 base-runners in 6 and a third innings and only gave up 2 runs..." - "Is John Lannan slowly endangering his rotation spot?" - Nationals Arm Race

• "[David] Wright heads to the disabled list to join slugging first baseman Ike Davis, center fielder Angel Pagan and pitchers Chris Young, Johan Santana, Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato." - "A peek ahead: Nats resume travel in N.Y." - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch, Washington Nationals Daily News


Mets: "Manager Terry Collins, who spent last season as the Mets’ minor-league field coordinator and is familiar with the organization’s young talent, has told his fresh recruits to keep it simple and stay within themselves." - "With eight call-ups, Mets' roster has Buffalo flavor" - Dave Hutchinson, Newark Star-Ledger,

Marlins: "Not only is Hanley Ramirez struggling through the worst slump of his major-league life, but also Monday he suffered an ignominy he has experienced only once before." - "Florida Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez deals with insults of a lengthy slump" - Clark Spencer, Florida Marlins -

Braves"When Brian McCann returned to his locker, Derek Lowe shouted across the room: 'Great off day, Mac!'" - McCann Homers Twice, Braves Beat Astros 3-1 in 11 - AP/

Phillies: "The Phillies -- losers of four straight entering Wednesday -- have struggled with runners in scoring position. In their last 42 at-bats in such situations, Philadelphia is hitting only .167 (seven hits, entering Wednesday)." - "Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies: Rox hope to end road woes in Philly" - Cash Kruth, Preview

MLB News: 

• "Former Braves ace John Smoltz thought shooting an even-par 71 at The River Club might be enough to advance him one step closer to playing in the U.S. Open." - "Smoltz just misses advancing in U.S. Open qualifying" - Doug Roberson,

 @JoePosnanski On Twitter: "He did it! Vin Mazzaro becomes first pitcher since 1998 (Mike Oquist) and third since 1947 to give up 14 ER in game. Tip your hat."