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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Try To Avoid Swee...Really? Roy Halladay For The Phillies Tonight?

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• Programming Notes: Jayson Werth's now 1 for 7 with a walk, three K's and a single two games into the Nats' three-game series in Citizens Bank Park. Tonight it's John Lannan on the mound for Washingnton against the Phillies' Roy Hallday. Philadelphia's looking for the sweep, the Nats are trying the avoid starting a nine-game road trip 0 for 3. MASN HD and the MLB Network for TV tonight. 106.7 the FAN in D.C. and 1500 WFED. Sirius/XM ch. 185 for subscribers. Can the Nats salvage one? Who's Watching the Nationals?



• Riggleman said he will also have to check with Jerry Hairston, whom Riggleman said is "'limping around a little bit.'" - "Michael Morse, Jerry Hairston might not play tomorrow" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'I'm sure there are some guys that (are pressing). Myself, I was pressing,' said Espinosa, who snapped a 3-for-35 slump with his homer." - "After loss to Phillies, offensive struggles starting to wear on Nationals" - Ben Goessling,

• "'We will come out of it,' Riggleman said of the funk that has mired the team for much of the season’s first five weeks. 'But in the meantime, you’ve got to try and win the game.'" - "Nats' pitching slips in 7-4 loss to Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "It wasn't until he slid headfirst into second base April 8 in New York that the muscle tore, ultimately requiring surgery." - "Zimmerman on his surgery and rehab" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'[The doctor] said it was exactly what he thought it was,' Zimmerman said. "There was a decent tear in there that he fixed.'" - "Zimmerman hits treadmill in first phase of rehabilitation" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Still forgetting slumps like the one he started this season with and swinging hard, Matt Stairs reaches a milestone." - "Matt Stairs is still going, 100 pinch-hits into his career" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'I have done a pretty good job through my career of not letting 0-for-12, 0-for-13 put me down. I knew I was stuck on 99 -- wasn't making a big deal out of it...'" - "Nationals' Stairs notches 100th career pinch-hit" - Jay Greenberg, News

• "'We try to keep letting them know to keep playing hard, play clean baseball -- we will come out of this.'" - Jim Riggleman - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Late rally not enough for Nats at the Bank" - Jay Greenberg, WSH Recap

• "We all know this team isn't as complete as Philadelphia, and in the absence of any semblance of an offense. you have to hope your pitching can keep you from embarrassing yourself." - "How about a hand for McCatty?" - Phil Wood,

• "[Roy] Halladay has thoroughly dominated Washington throughout his career, going 9-1 with a 1.96 ERA." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Lannan will need Nats' support against Doc" - Quinn Roberts, Preview

• "'I just basically was ... you know, Adam doesn't say anything. He's so composed and quiet," Riggleman said. 'He doesn't complain. So if he's complaining, I felt like it's worthy of complaint, you know?'" - "Offensive woes continue for Nationals" - Mark Zuckerman,

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "I think human nature is basically good: though we have jealousy and hatred, our dominant characteristics seem to be affection and kindness." 

• "The 32-year-old right-hander has become a change-up specialist this season, throwing the pitch 21.5% of the time so far this season — by far the highest frequency of his career." - "Jason Marquis, Pennant Race Linchpin?" - Jonah Keri, FanGraphs Baseball


• "The 23-year-old carries a 10-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 30 strikeouts and just three walks in those five outings this season." - "Selik's dominance earns promotion to Potomac" - Byron Kerr,

• "Starter Brad Meyers pitched well enough to deserve better than getting tagged with the tough loss on his record. We've seen him more dominant than tonight, but it's difficult to find fault with 7 solid innings of 2-run ball." - "Game 25: Baysox 2, Senators 1" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

• Twitter: Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore (@Adam KilgoreWP): "Brad Meyers, he of the ridiculous 38-to-0 K/BB in 36.1 IP this year, promoted Syracuse. Matt Chico to Harrisburg." 

• Class-A Potomac: Eury Perez 1 for 3, Trevor Holder - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

• Triple-A Syracuse: "The parent team stressed to Bernadina that he is without question a major league player. Bernadina concurred." - "Syracuse Chiefs' Bernadina in holding pattern for now" - Lindsay Kramer,

• SHARKNatsTown: 

• MOAR SHARK FAXTZ!! - "Sharks and dinosaurs lived together between 64-450 million years ago.  Then Bernadina got sick of dinosaurs." - "EVEN MORE SHARK FACTS" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• "The writer, Lindsey Kramer, apparently interviewed the Shark to write this article (which is a dangerous situation in itself)." - "SHARK COOKING!" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "The poor baseball never stood a chance. Laser beam. Got out of the park in, what, four seconds..." - "Bryce Harper's 6th home run with Hagerstown was a laser beam." - The Nationals Enquirer

• "Today is May 5th, 2009 and two years ago the Nats won one of the most interesting games in their history... technically..." - "Today in Nats History" - Mac, Capitol Baseball


• Marlins: "Gaby Sanchez had two hits and a bases-loaded walk for the Marlins, who survived blowing a four-run cushion and secured at least a split in all five of their road sets." - "Cards pen surrenders decisive homer in ninth" AP/

Mets: "'However, the Mets are not engaged in talks with San Francisco or any other teams about Reyes because it’s early in the season,' the New York Post reports today, citing a source familiar with the situation." - "Morning News: on Reyes rumors, Giants fans & last place" - Matthew Cerrone,

Braves: "It has been years since the Braves had a potent base-stealing team, but this season they’re taking things to extremes even by their modest standards." - "Braves nearly bereft of stolen bases" -David O'Brien,

Joe Blogs: "The more years pass, the more I respect the power of age. I was thinking about this the other day when, for incomprehensible reasons, I started to run a few sprints beside my daughter’s soccer practice." - "Posts The Captain and Denial" Joe Posnanski,