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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Drew Storen On Everything, Another Bryce Harper HR.

• Programming Notes: No offense meant to the new Flat-Brimmed closer Drew Storen with the title, there were just a wealth of Storen quotes on the internets this morning while I was looking around. The Nats are in Arizona tonight to take on a D-Backs' team that's won eight of their last ten and fourteen of their last sixteen. The Nationals and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will face veteran left-hander Zack Duke. 9:40 pm EDT start time, so rest up, it's going to be a long road trip, we need you sharp. MASN HD,, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, and Sirius/XM ch. 183, or 175 for the Spanish-language broadcast...It's also on the MLB Gameday 11 app...uh...Gameday Radio...and probably a few other places...Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "'That’s the whole distraction thing,' Storen said. 'If I start thinking, ‘The wheels could fall again, I’m in trouble. I’m beat already.'" - "How Drew Storen struck out Placido Polanco" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'Drew really made a great pitch there to end the game,' said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. 'I'm sure Polanco doesn't think it was a great pitch...'" - "Examining Storen's 10th save of the season" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Before the next night’s game, Rizzo was back, stunned by all the brush fires he found." - "Nationals top Phillies, but still must overcome ingrained culture of losing" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "'I've made a lot of West Coast trips and have been in some good ones and some bad ones, and I don't get it. I don't get what it is...'" - Jim Riggleman -"Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks" - Spencer Fordin, Preview

• "Rizzo, Kline and the rest of the staff are currently in Washington to rank the best players in the Draft. Rizzo has kept the plans a secret." - "Washington Nationals working from different vantage point in 2011 First-Year Player Draft" - Bill Ladson, News

• "Nix said he had a hunch that Brown's fly ball might be coming to him, and it was a sharp read from a veteran left fielder to expect it in that situation..." - "Nationals 2, Phillies 1: Second Look" - Ben Goessling,

• "They may not boast a bunch of household names, but the D'backs are playing extremely good baseball right now." - "Series preview: Nats at Diamondbacks" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'Winning cures a lot of ills, especially when you beat a good ball club like that.'" - Jim Riggleman - "Feeling good, Nationals head to the West Coast" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'I’ve pitched better [against them], but I limited the damage today and that’s all you’ve got to do sometimes.'" - John Lannan on the Phillies"Lannan turns the tables on Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "I'm running the whole time, the ball's a long way from me, and it slices back at the right time." - Laynce Nix on yesterday's catch - "Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals: Nix's bat, glove help Lannan top Phils" - Steven Miller, WSH Recap

• "'Sometimes when you play the game a long time you just get a gut feeling on things,' Nix said.'" - "Nix sensed the ball could be coming his way in series clincher over Phillies" - Byron Kerr,

• "'I just saw Werth's reaction,' Storen said. 'He jumped up and I think he did like a little jump, fist pump-type thing.'" - Drew Storen on Nix's catch - "Another look at Laynce Nix's game-saving catch, what made it so good and how valuable he's been" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'In this game, opportunities don't come too easily,' Werth said. 'When you get them, you've got to make the most of them.'" - Jayson Werth on Laynce Nix - "In win over Phillies, Nationals continue to get power from unlikely places" - Ben Goessling,

• 'Manager Jim Riggleman chafed today as a recent suggestion that he is a 'small-ball manager,' a departure for someone who typically shies from publicly addressing media criticism." - "Jim Riggleman says he’s not a ‘small-ball manager’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others." 


• Class-A Hagerstown: Bryce Harper 2 for 5, HR, 3 RBI's, .333 AVG; Blake Kelso, 3 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI's, .345 AVG - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

 "The Nationals have high hopes for the young Rice University product, but want to be careful with his shoulder before they return him to Woodbridge, Va." - "Prospect Hague has "good throwing day" in Florida" - Byron Kerr,

• Class-A Potomac: "[Josh] Smoker fired a fastball that appeared to be over the heart of the plate. It was called ball four, and the winning run was aboard..." - "NATS LOSE 2-1 ON WILD PITCH" - Potomac Nationals News

• "A walk, misplayed bunt, and a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth sent the P-Nats to their 11th straight loss by a 2-1 decision to the Winston-Salem Dash." -  "Thursday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem,

• Double-A Harrisburg: "Erik Arnesen started and earned his second win on the season. Zech Zinicola pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save." - "Senators outslug New Hampshire 10-8" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "The Senators broke out the lumber on a night when they needed it most and topped the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10-8 in front of 2,483 at Metro Bank Park." - "Game 50: Senators 10, Fisher Cats 8" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

• Harrisburg Senators Game Highlights via @HbgSenators

• "Mike Rizzo acknowledged that Harper would be promoted from Hagerstown eventually...just not yet..." - "Video: Bryce Harper crushes his 12th home run; probably sticking around in Hagerstown for a while" - Nats Enquirer

• video via jmhsports on the Youtube.

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse dropped its fourth straight game despite masterful performances from Tommy Milone and Matt Antonelli." - "Antonelli's 4 hits not enough in Chiefs' loss" - Syracuse Chiefs News


• "As per usual, Bernadina set the tone for the game, and helped lead the Nats to victory. SHARKPLUG!" - "SHARK PIERCES PHILLIES SCUBA GEAR" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "After disqualifying Teddy for riding the Segway, Screech awarded the victory to Thomas Jefferson..." - "Teddy crosses first, is disqualified for riding a Segway" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "With a little help from his friends in the bullpen -- and outfielder Laynce Nix -- Lannan was able to break through against the bullies of the N.L. East..." - "GAME 55 REVIEW: Lannan Breaks Through, Nix Leads Charge in 2-1 Win" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "This was supposed to be the year where the Nationals were to make some noise in the baseball world..." - "NL East Update: The one where Justin Turner has been the Mets best player" - Ted Youngling, The Nats Blog

• "He's not a leader. He doesn't talk to the media like he should. He's overrated. Stop. Shut up about Jayson's 'intangibles'." - "Leave Jayson Werth Alone!" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Nats general manager Mike Rizzo saw enough out of Nix to offer him a minor league deal, and he's been one of the Nats' best hitters so far..." - "Who is Laynce Nix?" - Nationals Buzz: Dave Nichols

• "Tom Boswell printed a column today (6/2) in the post.  It included some severe criticism of the general manager Mike Rizzo..." - "Really Disagree with Tom Boswell’s column today…" - Nationals Arm Race


Braves: "Three different strategies in three years leaves us little clue what direction the Braves will go in this year. This is supposed to be a very deep talent year, and that usually plays into the Braves hand..." - "Who Will The Atlanta Braves Take In The 2011 MLB Draft" - gondeee, Talking Chop

Marlins"'We have pieces,' [Marlins' President of Baseball Operations Larry] Beinfest said. 'Some of them we may not want to move, but I can’t remember a situation where we haven’t been able to make a trade because of inventory.'" - "Florida Marlins: Prez of Baseball Ops Larry Beinfest on everything" – Juan C. Rodriguez, Florida Sun-Sentinel

 Phillies:"As Ryan Howard made his mark on Major League Baseball, he became known for his unique ability to hit for nearly as much power to left field as he does to right field." - "Right Field or Bust for Ryan Howard" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

• Mets"I was a bit surprised about how polarized the fans are about retiring Gary Carter‘s number." - "Why Carter’s #8 Should Be Retired" - Mike Silva, Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest