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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Livan Hernandez On Hill The Night After The Big Comeback.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14:  Danny Espinosa #18 of the Washington Nationals forces out Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals to start a double play at Nationals Park on June 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: Danny Espinosa #18 of the Washington Nationals forces out Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals to start a double play at Nationals Park on June 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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• Programming Notes: There will be no new concessions opening tonight. No dramatic returns from the DL. No Yunesky Maya on the mound. (ed. note - "Stop cheering, it's rude.") There will, however, be a veteran right-hander taking the hill tonight in the nation's capital. A soft-tossing majishun who'll look to hand the Cardinals their fifth-straight loss while extending the Nats' win streak to five-straight. Livan Hernandez vs Kyle McClellan. 7:05 pm EDT, MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 186. Who's Watching The Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Team doctor Wiemi Douoguih will perform the operation, and LaRoche will stay in Washington to rehab with the team." - "Adam LaRoche to have season-ending shoulder surgery (updated)" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Zimmerman, though now almost completely healthy (he said he doesn’t expect the soreness to subside until the offseason)..." - "Zimmerman's back, but LaRoche's season is over" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "A bases-loaded walk? Key to the game? You better believe it." - "Zimmerman sparks rally as Nats defeat Cards" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "'Everything we tried to do was trying to get Adam out there to try and produce this season,' [Dr. Wiemi] Douoguih said." - "Nationals’ Adam LaRoche to have season-ending shoulder surgery" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "OK, so there was no Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg this year. They still got the best hitter in the draft, and several other highly intriguing prospects." - "2011 MLB Draft: Washington Nationals" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball

• "'He's Ryan Zimmerman. He's the man,' outfielder Jayson Werth said. 'It was good to have him back. Him being out there changes the feel a little bit.'" - "Nationals 8, Cardinals 6: Second Look" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'It's been a long, frustrating two months. I had to be patient, but we think we went about it the right way,' Zimmerman said before the game." - "Relieved Zimmerman doubles in return to Nats" - Steven Miller, nationals.com: News

• "'He’s been doing it all year,' Zimmerman said. 'He’s probably our most consistent player. … He’s a heck of a player. He’s a great pickup for our team.'" - Zimmerman on Nix -"Nats come through in the clutch, top Cardinals 8-6" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Laynce Nix faced 11 pitches from St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, before inducing a bases-loaded walk that plated the go-ahead run and the Nats led for good, 7-6." - "Nix keys comeback with relentless at-bat in Nationals' rally over Cards" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Morse leads the team in batting average (.300), RBIs (36), on-base percentage (.345) and is tied with Danny Espinosa for most home runs (10)." - "Morse’s hot hitting, to continue at first" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Cardinals have dropped four games in a row, while the Nationals enter Wednesday on a four-game winning streak." - "St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals: Cards' McClellan tries to slow streaking Nats in return" - Cash Kruth, MLB.com Preview

• "Zimmerman’s return from the disabled list to Nationals Park on Tuesday brought what teammates billed as an immediate 'shot in the arm'..." - "Nationals vs. Cardinals: Zimmerman returns in 8-6 victory" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'[Cardinals starter Jaime] Garcia made really good pitches on me all night -- he was tough. I just kind of stuck with my plan: Don't try to do too much,' Zimmerman said." - "St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals: Zimmerman keys Nats' six-run rally in return" - Steven Miller, MLB.com WSH Recap

NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Class-A Hagerstown: "The Suns received their only runs in the top of the 1st frame on a two-RBI rocket off the stick of 1B David Freitas, his 8th home run of the 2011 campaign." - "Game Three at Lakewood Suspended in 11th Inning, Tied 2-2" - Hagerstown Suns News

• "Bryce Harper was out of the Hagerstown Suns lineup for the second consecutive night as he takes a few days off to help heal some nagging injuries as the result of a pair of hit by pitches within the past week." - "Bryce Harper Sits Back To Back Nights – Hagerstown Still Playing" - Harpermania.com

• Class-A Potomac: Jeff Kobernus - 3 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI's; Destin Hood - 1 for 4, 1 2B; Cameron Selik - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

• Class-A Potomac: Jeff Kobernus - 1 for 3; Adam Olbrychowski - 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's -Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

Double-A Harrisburg: "In seven games, Lombardozzi batted .538 with one home run, eight runs, and an RBI. He had 14 hits over two series against Binghamton and Akron, including two three-hit games." - "Senators' Steve Lombardozzi Earns EL Player of the Week Honors" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "For the first time all season, the Senators suffered their fourth straight loss as the Trenton Thunder prevailed in a 7-3 victory" - "Game 62: Thunder 7, Senators 3" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs tallied just three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Tuesday at Alliance Bank Stadium." - "Chiefs lose third straight to Yankees" - Syracuse Chiefs 

• "Since getting tattooed for 10 runs in four and a 1/3rd innings on May 13, Selik has given up just 11 runs (seven earned) over his past five starts." - "Last Night In Woodbridge" - Sue Dinem, NationalsProspects.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Non violence is a sign of strength; violence is a sign of desperation and weakness."

NATSTOWN: 

• "The atmosphere in the seventh-inning rally was electric, a scene not matched at Nats Park since Stephen Strasburg's debut last June." - "GAME 67 REVIEW: Zimmerman's Return Spurs Six-Run Seventh in Nats' 8-6 Win" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "Jordan Zimmermann threw perhaps the best game any starter has thrown this year on 6/12 in San Diego." - "Nats Rotation Cycle #14: good/bad/soso" - Nationals Arm Race

• "Morse's play, coupled with the organization's well-known faith in him, indicates there's a good chance there will be a major competition next year for the first base job." - "LaRoche's shoulder surgery renews questions about first base" - MASN, Nationals Buzz: Will Yoder

• "Then, in the 7th, the broke open for 6 runs with the help of 5 hits, 3 walks, a HBP and a wild pitch. They hadn’t had a comeback of that magnitude in almost two years." - "That’s A Big Comeback" - Charlie, The Nationals Review

• "As nice as the improved amenities are, the buzz on Twitter and in the Park tonight focused on the four new restaurant options that line the Scoreboard Walk." - "Shake Shack burgers, Box Frites fries highlight revamped Scoreboard Walk at Nationals Park" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "And now we can forget that the latest putrid Yunesky Maya performance ever happened." - "Nats Enquirer: 6 in 7th, Nats come back" - Nats Enquirer

NL EAST UPDATES: 

Braves: "The 2011 MLB Draft ended a week ago today, but the Atlanta Braves have been hard at work signing their draft picks, with many of them already working out at the team's complex in Orlando." - "One Week After 2011 MLB Draft, Braves Have Signed 24 Players" - gondee, Talking Chop

Marlins/Phillies"'He wants to face [Roy] Halladay,' manager Edwin Rodriguez said of [Anibal] Sanchez, who has won six consecutive decisions.'" - "Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez requests Roy Halladay matchup" - Clark Spencer, MiamiHerald.com

Mets: "Reyes will be a free agent after the season and Mets owner Fred Wilpon famously said several weeks ago that the team won't be shelling out "Carl Crawford money" to re-sign him." - "Success of Reyes, K-Rod will force Mets to make tough decisions" - Steve Gardner, Daily Pitch - USATODAY.com

Marlins: "Given that [Cameron] Maybin already has produced approximately two wins above replacement, revisiting his trade to the Padres is in order." - "Why Did the Marlins Trade Maybin?" - Eric Seidman, FanGraphs Baseball

• MLB: "I’m still ambivalent about Jackson, whose socks might have been only dingy gray while his Black Sox teammates were tossing the 1919 World Series." - "End Pete Rose's ban, let him enter Hall" - Dick Heller, Washington Times