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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Move On From Philadelphia, Head To Florida.

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• Programming Note: After dropping three straight to the Phillies in front of sold-out crowds, the Washington Nationals head down to Florida where thousands are sure to watch Ricky Nolasco and Jordan Zimmermann do battle on the mound tonight. Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman told Sirius/XM MLB Network Radio hosts Rob Dibble and Jim Memolo that Rick Ankiel would miss at least one more game tonight with the wrist injury he suffered at the end of the Nats' homestand last weekend. Hmmm? Anyone in the system who can play center? MASN 2 HD, 106.7 The FAN in D.C. and 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 188 for subscribers...Who's Watching the Nationals?



• "Sometimes, you think it’s going to sink and it cuts. Sometimes, it cuts when you think it’s going to sink. And he has that slow curveball." - Jerry Hairston on Roy Halladay"‘The best pitcher I’ve ever faced’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal, The Washington Post

• "Nationals manager Jim Riggleman held an impromptu meeting with his players and hitting coach Rick Eckstein on Thursday afternoon before the Nationals’ series finale in Philadelphia..." - "Nationals look to get back into the swing of things" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• (1) "'[Bryce] Harper, the No. 1 overall pick by the Nationals in last year's draft, is 'the best young player I've seen,'' one longtime scout said..." (2) "Perhaps the Nationals ought to consider locking up manager Jim Riggleman." - "Cardinals, Giants among teams that could use Mets' Jose Reyes" - Jon Heyman,

• "SB -- This spring you had an issue with your delivery: leg kick vs. slide step? How did you resolve that? DS -- I talked with hitters on the team, and looked over video. I found the slide step was better for creating the angle I wanted and I didnt lose any power so I stuck with it." - "Twitterview with Drew Storen" -Steve Berthiaume, SweetSpot Blog, ESPN

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• "'We can't do anything about the last three days,' [Jerry] Hairston said." - "Nationals' 7-3 loss to Phillies a classic mismatch" - Ben Goessling,

• "Next up for the Marlins are the Nationals, a team trying to climb back to .500. Washington will send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound." - "Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins: Nolasco confident heading into start vs Nats" - Jesse Sanchez, Preview

• "'It just so happened that they caught me on a day when I didn't make pitches, and I paid for it,' he said.'" - "Phillies rough up Lannan again" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Seven straight Phillies reached base on six hits and a walk as they put up six third-inning runs in Thursday night's 7-3 win..." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Lannan's struggles against Phillies continue" - Jay Greenberg, WSH Recap

• "'Whatever it is with him and the Phillies, I don’t know what that is now, 0-10 or something? That’s too much for the quality of stuff that John has for any club to do that.'" - Riggleman on Lannan vs Phillies - "Lannan roughed up by Phillies again" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "In 13 starts against the Phillies, Lannan is 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA. He is 30-32 with a 3.87 against everyone else." - "Nationals vs. Phillies: John Lannan struggles again vs. Roy Halladay and Philadelphia" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "The Nationals, who were swept by the Phillies and Halladay hours later, aren't exactly a laugh riot these days..." - "Riggleman, Eckstein give hitters pep talk" - Jay Greenberg, News

• "Riggleman is one of two coaches picked by Bruce Bochy, who as manager of the World Series champion Giants last fall will serve as NL skipper for the July 12 game in Phoenix." - "Nats' Riggleman selected as All-Star coach" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The politically correct term in sabermetric circles is 'regression to the mean,' which is a nice way of saying, 'You're not really this good, right?'" - "Are the Nationals' starting pitchers due for a regression?" - Ben Goessling,


Triple-A Syracuse: "The Washington Nationals continue to reward their outstanding young pitchers in the farm system." - "Meyers rewarded with Triple-A promotion, plus other farm notes" - Byron Kerr,

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, were outlasted 4-3 on Thursday night by the Durham Bulls." - "Bulls walk off against Chiefs in ninth" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues." - "Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 3" - Sue Dinem,

Double-A Harrisburg: "Led by an offense that pounded out nine hits (including three with runners in scoring position), the Senators fought off the persistent Bowie Baysox to prevail 8-6 in the Thursday morning contest." - "Game 26: Senators 8, Baysox 6" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Class-A Potomac: "Paul Demny was once again the hard luck loser. Demny (0-2) got typically sparse run support and one shaky inning cost him. " - "P-NATS STIFLED AGAIN" - Potomac Nationals News

Class-A Hagerstown: "[Bryce] Harper clubbed his seventh homer, giving him a six-way tie for second in the South Atlantic League, as Class A Hagerstown beat Lexington, 8-2." - "Harper stays hot, goes deep again" - Danny Wild, News


• "The sole bright spot was Henry Rodriguez who pitched two shutout innings.  The flame-thrower allowed just two hits, a walk, and struck out three." - "Roy Halladay Too Much For The Nationals, Lose 7-3 To Phillies" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Suffering a three-game losing streak is not really the way you want to start a 10-day, nine game road trip..." - "GAME 31 REVIEW: Nats Swept Out of Philly with 7-3 Loss" - Tyler Radecki, Nats News Network

• "The other thing is his K rate. It is up to 30+% from around 24% last year. That's a pretty big jump. Thing is, I'm not sure why it's up..." - "Mike Morse and Question of the Weekend : Are you rooting for Manny Acta?" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "But now that all the other sports in town have ground to a halt, the Nats have an opportunity to grab the headlines on the sports page again." - "The only game in town" - Dave Nichols, Guest Post at Nationals Buzz,

• "There seems to be a reverberating frustration across NatsTown, even earlier than in past years." - "Can Riggs Take Nats to Next Level?" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "While it's not unusual for baseball teams to transform themselves from one season to the next, the differences between the 2011 Washington Nationals and the 2010 edition are particularly striking." - "The Nats' rotation after five starts each" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch | Washington Nationals Daily News


Marlins: "While Josh [Johnson] labored to keep the Marlins in the game, Jake Westbrook kept the Marlins lineup in check, and didn't allow a hit through the first four inning..." - Fish Wrap: Marlins 3, Cardinals 6 - Fish Stripes

Braves: "Only two days after returning from the 15-day disabled list, Morgan broke a finger during a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night." - "Brewers Suffer Injury, Insult, Lose 2-1 to Braves" - AP/

Mets"Terry Collins, an admitted old-school manager, has mixed feelings about MLB’s new paternity leave list." - "NY Mets' Jason Bay Appreciative Of 'Classy' Paternity Leave List; Manager Terry Collins Remembers Old-School Ways Of Baseball" - CBS New York

Phillies: "Let's make no mistake here - John Lannan is a bad man.  He hits Phillies batters with baseballs thrown at a relatively high velocity on a ridiculously frequent basis..." - "Long Live John Lannan! A Plea for John Lannan's Continued Freedom" - David S. Cohen, The Good Phight