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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals, Adam LaRoche, Stephen Strasburg Updates.

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• Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals will try to put last night's HR-filled drubbing behind them and snap a three-game losing streak tonight. Nats' right-hander Livan Hernandez will be on the mound in Milwaukee against Brewers' left-hander Chris Narveson. No Ryan Zimmermann. No Adam LaRoche. Michael Morse filled in at first last night and provided the Nats' only run with a monster HR. Can Wilson Ramos find the extra few feet he needed last night? Where will the Nats' offense come from? Can Livan continue to work his majik? MASN 2 HD,, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED and Sirius/XM ch. 183 for tonight's 8:10 pm EDT start. Who's Watching the Nationals?



• "Right now, Adam is saying, ‘It doesn’t hurt, but I can’t believe I’m missing these pitches,’ Riggleman said." - Riggleman on LaRoche - "Nationals place Adam LaRoche on disabled list" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "LaRoche will be shut down for a few weeks then re-evaluated. At this point, surgery is not being considered." - "Shoulder lands LaRoche on the 15-day disabled list" -Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'I don't know if the answer is more rest or something more drastic,' Riggleman said." - Riggleman on LaRoche - "Nationals place ailing LaRoche on DL" - Bill Ladson and Joe DiGiovanni,

• "What really troubled LaRoche, though, was the fact he's drawing walks at a higher rate than any other time in his career while striking out less often." - "Nats place LaRoche on 15-day DL" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "'You don't let last night's game affect you. Go out and play,' said second baseman Danny Espinosa, who got drilled in the right knee with a pitch in the ninth inning." -  "After blowout loss to Brewers, Nationals looking for turning point" - Ben Goessling,

• "Gorzelanny believes he is simply paying for his mistakes, and making them too blatantly." - "Why is Tom Gorzelanny giving up so many homers?" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Rizzo has been disciplined by MLB but no details of that discipline will be announced. The matter is considered closed." - "Mike Rizzo disciplined, Broderick heads back to Cardinals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'[Hernandez is] always consistently low in the zone,' Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez said after Hernandez carved up the Brewers last month. 'He kept the ball low in the zone, nothing elevated, and that's what happens.'" - "Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers: Hernandez, Narveson set for duel in Milwaukee" - Anthony Chiang, Preview

• "Strasburg's first bullpen session comes about 8 1/2 months after his surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and leaves open the possibility of him returning to pitch in the majors this season." - "Strasburg throws off mound for first time" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider

• "It had been 275 days since Strasburg threw his last pitch off a mound in Philadelphia, the fateful one that would send the Nationals' flamethrower into a lengthy surgery and rehabilitation process." - "Stephen Strasburg reaches milestone, throws from a mound" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'We’re better than this, and we know it,' first baseman Michael Morse said. 'It’s tough. The talent we’ve got, it’s frustrating right now.'" - "Nationals vs. Brewers: Punchless Washington loses for fifth time in six games" - The Washington Post

• "Ramos' night at the plate epitomized the plight of the Nationals. He hit deep flies to the warning track twice with two outs and two runners on, but Hart caught both to end Washington threats." - "Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers: Nationals unable to contain Brewers in loss" - Joe DiGiovanni,


• Class-A Hagerstown: Bryce Harper 1 for 4, 2 R scored; Matthew Grace: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's -Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

 Class-A Potomac: "In the last seven games, Hood hit .448 (13-for-29) with nine extra-base hits (seven doubles, triple, home run) and 10 RBI." - "Destin Hood named Batter of Week in Carolina League" - Byron Kerr,

 Double-A Harrisburg: "In his first appearance of his rehab assignment, Rick Ankiel became the third Senator this season to take home the Golden Sombrero (0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts)." - "Game 40: Aeros 12, Senators 8" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

• Triple-A Syracuse: "Rochester's two first-inning runs off an otherwise excellent Yunesky Maya would prove to be enough, as Kyle Gibson and three relievers shut out Syracuse." - "Chiefs' win streak snapped at seven in 5-0 loss" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Here are some updates from Nationals director of player development Doug Harris on a few of the players you have asked for in the comments section." - "Updates on Nationals prospects in Florida from your comments" - Byron Kerr,

• "Yunesky Maya pitched into the eighth, but it was for naught at the offense collected just four hits and two walks, going 0-for-5 with RISP." - "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem, Nationals


• "Wait a minute...That infield dirt looks like sepia water..." - "SHARK VS BREWERS" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "The loss was the Nats third in a row since pounding Baltimore Friday night, and fifth in six games, dropping the Nationals record to a season-high five games below .500 at 21-26." - "GAME 47 REVIEW: Busy Day Ends in Embarrassing Loss" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "There is still hope to make a serviceable Major Leaguer out of Marrero as his numbers have steadily improved, at the plate and in the field, each of the past three years." - "Not Yet Marrero's Time" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "Let the record show that Baseball Jesus is also Tweeting about speeding up time, perhaps considering experimenting with time travel. That's pretty awesome, too." - "Stephen Strasburg throws off a mound, considers time travel." - Nats Enquirer

• "That's not to take anything away from the team's accomplishment rebuilding the pitching staff. Remember what a disaster the bullpen was when Mike Rizzo took over." - "Nationals and the Year of the Pitcher Redux" - Steven, FJB


Braves"The Braves played poorly in Arizona and that poor play continued over the weekend in Anaheim except for just a few innings. Here was the good, bad, and ugly from the series..." - "Braves at Angels Series Recap - I Hate West Coast Road Trips" - mvhsbball, Talking Chop

Mets: "The Mets are 'bleeding cash' and could lose as much as $70 million this year, Fred Wilpon said in a story that will appear in this week’s Sports Illustrated." - "Wilpon: The Mets are 'bleeding cash'" - Craig Calcaterra, HardballTalk

Marlins"'Dobbs is awesome,' first baseman Gaby Sanchez said. 'He’s just been going out there raking, getting game-winning hits, playing great defense. '" - "Florida Marlins’ Greg Dobbs seizing an opportunity" - Manny Navarro,

Phillies: "The 2011 MLB Draft is fast approaching (and we'll, of course, have more on that in the coming weeks), but it's not the only way that the club can add talent to the organization." - "Phillies Prospect Roundup (Tuesday Edition): Dipping into the Talent Pool Down Under" - PhillyFriar, The Good Phight

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