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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Blown Call Reactions, Interleague Intrigue.

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BALTIMORE - MAY 13:  Kevin Millwood #34 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to Ryan Langerhans #12 of the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards on May 13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - MAY 13: Kevin Millwood #34 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to Ryan Langerhans #12 of the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards on May 13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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• Programming Notes: Friday night Interleague play with the Orioles begins in Baltimore with the Washington Nationals' sending right-hander Jason Marquis to the mound against the O's Jake Arrieta. The All-Time Interleague Series stands at 23-22 in the Nationals' favor heading into the three-game set in Camden Yards. The Nats enter the series in the midst of a two-game losing streak, having dropped back-to-back shutout losses to the Mets. The Orioles have dropped two-straight, one to the Red Sox and two to the Yankees. Something's got give. Can the Nats score for the first time since last Monday's win over the Pirates? MASN2 HD, 106.7 the FAN in DC, 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 181 for subscribers...Who's Watching the Nationals?



• "'My man was safe,' Nationals starter Livan Hernandez said. Werth 'beat him two times. He was safe with the guy out of the bag, and he was safe because he beat the throw.'" - "Several Nationals frustrated by late call in loss to Mets" - Steve Yanda, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "An MLB spokesman confirmed newly hired vice president of on-field operations Joe Torre will review the report filed by Cuzzi." - "MLB investigating ump incident with Rizzo" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Apparently the heated words didn’t end once the umpires and the team left the field." - "GM Rizzo reportedly involved in incident with umpiring crew" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Several of you have mentioned putting Adam LaRoche on the disabled list, but LaRoche and everyone else involved continue to say his left shoulder injury isn't hurting his swing..." - "Blown call looms large in Nationals' latest shutout loss to Mets" - Ben Goessling,

• "After Washington’s 1-0 loss to the Mets on Thursday afternoon, general manager Mike Rizzo ordered hitting coach Rick Eckstein not to talk to the media to help explain what’s going wrong with the offense" - "LaRoche, Nix support Nats’ Eckstein" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "On Friday night, Jason Marquis will take the mound at Baltimore knowing that, on average, he receives more run support than any other Washington starting pitcher." - "Few big league starters receive less run support than Livan Hernandez" - Steve Yanda, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'Both starting pitchers for the Mets threw well against us, but when pitchers throw well against us, you still have to beat them,' manager Jim Riggleman said." - "Washington Nationals at New York Mets: Livan's effort spoiled by laco of Nats' suppport" - Bill Ladson,

• "There's been a bubbling sentiment among some members of the organization that the team is on the short end of too many calls - and that was clearly driving the Nationals' anger as Thursday's game ended..." - "Nationals head to Baltimore with frustration peaking" - Ben Goessling,

• "Relief pitching has been a major area of concern for the Orioles, whose 5.05 bullpen ERA is second-worst in baseball ahead of only the Tigers." - "Series preview: Nats at Orioles" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The Orioles and Nationals share the same backyard, and they're trying to get to a place where they share a common trajectory." - "Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles: Beltways rivals looking to get over hump" - Spencer Fordin, Preview

• "After the game, most Nationals were mum on the blown call. 'I’m not commenting on umpires,' Werth said." - "Nats again wear blank expression" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "There was a time not long ago when the rainstorm that turned Citi Field in New York into a quagmire Wednesday night would have resulted in a postponement, no questions asked." - "Rhythm of the rain" - Phil Wood,

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "The aim of spiritual practice is to become the friend of all beings, concerned about them and ready and able to help them." - 


Class-A Hagerstown: "Suns right fielder, and Nationals No. 1 prospect, Bryce Harper says Kelso is doing what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do: Force the opposing starter to show all his pitches each at-bat." - "Prospect Kelso setting tone for first place Suns" - Byron Kerr,

• Class-A Hagerstown: "Ryan Buch (4-3) earned the win for Kannapolis, and A.J. Cole (0-2) took the loss for the Suns." - "Suns Drop Game One of Twinbill, Game Two Postponed" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "J.P Ramirez, Destin Hood, Brian Peacock, Justin Bloxom, Jose Lozada, and Eury Perez all went deep, accounting for 11 of the Nats' 14 runs." - "P-Nats Slug Six Home Runs, Win 14-6" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Today, we continue the series with Andy Tracy. Andy made his mark in Harrisburg over the course of a year and a half as a Senator during the 1998-99..." - "25 Seasons, 25 Players: Andy Tracy" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Double-A Harrisburg: "The Harrisburg Senators snapped a two-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 3-1 win over the New Britain Rock Cats." - "Oliver Perez leads the Senators to a 3-1 win" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

• YOUTUBE: Double-A Harrisburg Senators Game Highlights: 

Triple-A Syracuse: "Detwiler allowed just one hit the rest of his five innings after giving up four in the first. Syracuse relievers Ryan Mattheus, Lee Hyde and Jeff Mandel then hurled four no-hit innings to close out the game." - "Chiefs roll Tides for fourth straight win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Nationals left-handed pitching prospect Sammy Solis has fully recovered from a couple of injuries and is ready for what is expected to be his final start in extended spring training in Florida." - "Solis one start away from leaving Florida" - Byron Kerr,

• "News and Notes on the Nationals Minors from the perspective of the fan, sportswriter, and amateur scout." - "Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 5" - Sue Dinem,

• "So let's take a look at the Nationals' top five (plus a bonus) choices in last year's draft not named Bryce Harper, and a quick look at how they are doing so far." - "Checking in on the top Nats' picks not named Bryce Harper from the 2010 draft" - Nationals Buzz: Will Yoder


• "Playing in baseball stadiums that are full of bats, the Shark is completely used to this noise. This afternoon at Citi Field, in a spiteful rage-filled manner, the bats literally went silent." - "'Bats Stay Silent, Nats Losez'" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "This team has been able to keep within hailing distance of .500 all season thus far, scraping by offensively while receiving solid starting and usually excellent relief." - "GAME 43 REVIEW: No Offense, No Help from Umps in 1-0 Loss to Mets" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Unfortunately for someone on the 25-man roster, when Ankiel returns, someone will need to be sent down or released." - "Stairs Expendable Upon Ankiel's Return" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "The victim here was not simply the Nationals, but also staff ace Livan Hernandez — who gave up just one run in seven complete." - "Gee Whiz: 1-0 in New York" - Mark, Center Field Gate

• "Where have you gone, Lenny Harris? Fire Rick Eckstein! (because, it's the umpires' hitting coach's fault, you know?)" - "0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 -for-NY" - Nats Enquirer

• "I went into Boz's 'Harmon Killebrew is Bryce Harper. No he isn't. Yes he is' column with a preconceived notion that keeping someone in the minors when they were ready talent-wise for the majors is a mistake." - "The kingdom of the veteran jerk" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "6. Washington Nationals: Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS, Okla." - "'s mock first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft" - Jonathan Mayo, News