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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Get Day Of Rest Before Seattle Mariners Come To D.C.

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• Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals have a Monday off after their eight-game win-streak was ended by the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Zimmerman's back. His arm?Tom Gorzelanny's back, though he struggled to keep his pitches down (by his own admission) in Sunday's loss. Bryce Harper sat out again on Sunday, but he'll be in the SAL All-Star Game and HR Derby on Tuesday night when the Nats are taking on the Mariners in Nats Park. Til then, here are some links to keep you busy...



• "Said General Manager Mike Rizzo: 'Right now, he’s part of the Hagerstown team until we feel that he needs to move.'" -"Bryce Harper rests to finish the first half" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Jayson Werth: "We've been playing good ball. We dropped a game today but we won the series and we're having a good homestand." - "Reaction from the Nationals first loss in 10 days" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "If Zimmerman's error set the tone, Tom Gorzelanny's struggles on the mound prolonged it." - "Orioles win, end Nats streak at 8" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "No one in the Nationals' clubhouse seemed too concerned with the effects of the loss beyond today's game, and after they'd just won eight straight games, there's probably not much reason to be." - "Nationals' streak ends with mistake-filled loss to Orioles" - Ben Goessling,

• "We're growing up a little bit. We still have a relatively young team with guys that are learning to play, including myself," said Zimmerman..." - "Seattle Mariners at Washington Nationals: Mariners travel east for Interleage tilt with Nats" - Tom Singer, Preview

• "The platoon favors [Wilson] Ramos, and [Pudge] Rodriguez has been his perfect tutor, especially with the biggest statistic for a catcher being caught-stealing numbers." - "Rodriguez, Ramos catching runners at high percentage" - Byron Kerr,

• "'With Rick [Ankiel], we've played with 24 players for a long time, but the trainer wasn't sure if it was going to be two days or three days,' Rizzo said." - "Rib-cage injury sends Ankiel to DL" - Bill Ladson and Steven Miller, News

• "Nats Insider: Video: Catching up with Jerry Hairston" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'I’ve been saying for a long time, you put a good product on the field and start winning ballgames and the fans will show up,' Werth said." - "Jayson Werth was liking the Nationals Park crowds this weekend" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The great mystery of the newly rejuvenated Nationals isn't that they're now getting a whiff of the break-even mark." - "A good day for exercise" - Phil Wood,

• "Even thought the Nationals’ season-best winning streak came to a halt, they enter Monday’s off day having won of 13 of their past 19." - "Gorzelannny rocky in return; Nats' 8-game win streak ends" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'I felt healthy and strong, had a lot of energy,' Gorzelanny said. 'I felt good out there today, I was just leaving balls up.'" - "Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals: Nats make three errors in streak-ending loss" - Steven Miller, WSH Recap


• Class-A Auburn: "Powered by early offense and solid bullpen work, the Auburn Doubledays took the first series of the season by beating Batavia, 6-4 this afternoon." - "Bullpen, offense leads Doubledays to series win" - Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Hagerstown: "[Bryce] Harper will travel to Salisbury, Md., and is expected to play in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday." - "Harper thumb update and P-Nats notes" - Byron Kerr,

• Class-A Hagerstown: Sammy Solis - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's; 11-4 Suns over Shorebirds - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

Class-A Potomac: "A sixth-round pick by Washington in the 2008 Draft, Demny was perfect until he issued a two-out walk to Daniel Butler in the fourth inning." - "P-Nats' Demny outduels Ranaudo" - Robert Emrich, News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Brad Peacock went the distance in game one, earning his eighth win of the year against two loses. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out seven." - "Senators sweep two from Altoona" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse scored the game's first three runs thanks to center fielder Corey Brown, who collected the Chiefs' second multi-homer game of the year." - "Knights edge Chiefs in 10-9 slugfest" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• Triple-A Syracuse: [AUDIO] - "Syracuse Chiefs Inside Pitch: Getting To Know the Chiefs: Tug Hulett

• "Erik Arnesen did everything he possibly could to carry a feeble Harrisburg offense to victory. He offered a quality six innings. He got a hit." - "Monday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem,

• "The Nats have now signed 3 picks from the first 10 rounds, 6 out of the top 20 and either 18 or 19 overall..." - "10 more Nats draft pick signings" - Sean Hogan, DC is for Baseball

• "He doesn't show up on top prospect lists, but he has exceptional command and has ridden this skill to the cusp of the major leagues." - "Prospect of the Day: Tom Milone, LHP, Washington Nationals" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball


• "Since Shark Night on Tuesday, when we met up with the Shark after the game, Bernadina has batted 11-24 (.458 avg) with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs, while sporting a 6-game hit streak." - "Shark rocks, but Nats fall" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "You are going to hear a lot of talk about him in the MSM in the next few weeks leading up to the All-Star Game, deservedly so." - "More Morse" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "2011 Washington Nationals Dream Gala (Photos)" - MissChatter : The Chatter Files

• "Tom Gorzelanny’s return from the DL was poor: he failed to get out of the 5th inning and got pounded by the Orioles to end the Nats 8-game winning streak on 6/19." - "Nats Rotation Cycle #15: good/bad/soso" - Nationals Arm Race

• "On top of all that, Tom Gorzelanny, making his first start since being activated from the 15-day Disabled List due to soreness in his left elbow, was completely ineffective." - "GAME 72 REVIEW: O's Say Eight Is Enough; Beat Nats 7-4" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "Bet you a dollar Michael Morse had his Beast Mode t-shirt on under his tux during the Nationals Dream Foundation Gala Saturday night." - "Michael Morse in a tux" - Nats

• "So the next question is: what's next, Nationals? What comes now that the streak, the best the team has had since 2009, is over?" - "Winning Streak Means Time Is Now For Washington Nationals To Make Big Decisions" - Andrew Kinback, SB Nation DC

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "If you treat people as brothers or sisters, they respond accordingly."


Braves: "With the emergence of Jordan Schafer in center field and everyday left fielder Martin Prado on the DL, McLouth's temporary move to left was necessary." - "McLouth activated off DL, starts in left field" Chris Cox,

Mets"'He's hit so many triples,' teammate Willie Harris said, 'to the point where it's raising questions.'" - "Mets' Jose Reyes having a historic season for triples" - Anthony DiComo, News

Phillies: "As legend has it, Manuel was known as "Aka-Oni" or The Red Devil by Japanese fans and teammates." - "Charlie Manuel Can Still Speak Japanese (Allegedly)" - Enrico Campitelli, The 700 Level

Marlins: "Born Nov. 23, 1930, he is older than the Hall of Fame managers Whitey Herzog and Sparky Anderson, who retired in 1990 and 1995." - "How Old Is Jack McKeon?" -Benjamin Hoffman,