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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Back To Work After Wilson-Ramos-Aided Miracle Walk-Off Win.

• Programming Notes: Lefty vs Lefty tonight in Nats Park as John Lannan and Erik Bedard face off in the second game of this three-game Interleague series. How many times have you watched Wilson Ramos' walk-off HR since last night? I'm up to about 10 replays. It just keeps getting better. With John Lannan on the mound, the Nats have won three of the last four and six of the last eight, and the left-hander's allowed 2 or fewer in each of his last five starts. MOAR GROUNDERZ!! The Nats' win streak may have ended, but the Nationals have still won nine of the last ten. No this in not a JINX!! MASN HD,, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 188...Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "Ramos pulled hitting coach Rick Eckstein aside in the dugout and got the lowdown on new Mariners pitcher David Pauley. The skinny was this: His second-best pitch is a changeup." - "Ramos' bomb seals Nats' 5-run, ninth-inning rally over Mariners" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

 Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP): "Balester on watching walkoff in clubhouse: 'We're jumping around like we're 5-year-olds about to win a Tball game and get a sno-cone after.'" 

• "It is not farfetched to say that Morse has been the offensive Most Valuable Player for the first 70 games of the season." - "Morse team's MVP for the first 70 games" - Byron Kerr,

• "The Nats catcher and his scrappy teammates turned into giddy schoolboys after their absurd comeback win over the Mariners." - "Wilson Ramos’s walkoff home run celebration" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "'It's not just luck, but having good at-bats and playing good ball.'" - Danny Espinosa"Nationals get their latest comeback win, walk off against Mariners" - Ben Goessling,

• "Nationals left fielder Laynce Nix left Tuesday’s game against the Mariners because of a sore right Achilles, while reliever Cole Kimball suffered a setback with his right shoulder." - "Nix has Achilles problem; Kimball has setback" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "'I know that ball was in the stands,' [Wilson Ramos] said." - "Nats top Mariners with ninth-inning rally for the ages" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'It’s been nagging me the last couple months,' Nix said. 'I’ve just been getting through it.'" - "Laynce Nix leaves game with sore Achilles tendon" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Riggleman said Wang, 'is feeling good. There have been peaks and valleys in his program...he is ready to make the next appearance they want him to make in the gulf coast league...'" - "Riggleman updates the progress of Kimball, Gaudin and Wang" - Byron Kerr,

• "[Pudge] joins a group that includes Willie Mays and Harmon Killebrew, along with the catcher for the White Sox that day, Carlton Fisk, as players who have spent 20 years in the majors." - "For Ivan Rodriguez, two decades of diamond dedication" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Ivan Rodriguez made his Major League debut 20 years ago Monday. He was just 19, the starting catcher for the Rangers, and he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs against the White Sox." - "Pudge reflects on 20 years in the Major Leagues" - Bill Ladson, News

• "Now Bedard is facing Lannan, who has a 1.08 ERA in his last five outings. Lannan hasn't allowed more than two runs in that span, with the Nationals winning four of those games." - "Seattle Mariners at Washington Nationals: Mariners, Nationals put two of their best to the test" - Cash Kruth, Preview

• "Entering Tuesday's action against the Mariners, the 29-year-old Morse leads the team in hitting (.309), and is tied for the team lead in home runs (13) and RBIs (43)." - "First baseman Michael Morse gets chance to shine with Nationals" - Bill Ladson, News

• "*Mattheus has chosen Katy Perry’s "Firework" as his warm-up music." - "Collin Balester and Ryan Mattheus give the Nationals a chance, and other leftovers from a wild night" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Heading into the final three games of the current homestand - with the Mariners in town - the Nationals are averaging 23,103 fans per home date, which ranks them 21st overall in Major League Baseball." - "Turnstile tales" - Phil Wood,

• "'Anytime you get the closer out of the game, it's good,' Morse said. 'I hope he's all right. It just worked out in our favor right there.'" - "Dissecting the Nationals ninth inning comeback" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'We are closer as a team. I think everyone is feeding off each other. We are just hot right now. It doesn't matter what the score is, this team never gives up.'" - "Seattle Mariners at Washington Nationals: Ramos' blast caps Nats' five-run ninth" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap


Class-A Auburn: "Thanks to a solid starting outing from Colin Bates and an offensive surge, the Auburn Doubledays won their third straight game and improved to 4-0 on the road." - "Streaking Doubledays win third straight" - Auburn Doubledays News

• Class-A Hagerstown: "After being booed during pregame introductions by the heavily pro-Orioles home crowd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., Bryce Harper answered with an RBI groundout..." - "Bryce Harper live blog: all-star edition" - Dave Sheinin, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

Class-A Hagerstown:"Harper said he didn't expect the thumb issue to be a season-long problem 'if I don't dive in the outfield again and get it hurt. ... It feels better than it was.'" - "Harper's All-Star experience "fun"; no word on promotion" - Pete Kerzel,

Class-A Hagerstown: "In a brief pregame media session, Harper, engaging and colorful in smaller settings, went into his toned-down, media-coached, robot-clone mode..." - "Bryce Harper makes brief, subdued appearance at South Atlantic All-Star Game" - Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post

• "The Nationals announced today they've signed 18 of their picks from this month's draft, headlined by fifth-round choice Matt Skole." - "Skole among 18 draft picks to sign" - Mark Zuckerman,

 Double-A Harrisburg: Derek Norris, 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB; Shairon Martis - 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's - Harrisburg Senators Scoreboard

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse (27-42) took an early lead thanks to a strong start to Steve Lombardozzi's Triple-A career. The second baseman, hitting leadoff in his first ever Chiefs game, doubled on an 0-2 count for his first Triple-A hit." - "Braves pull away late in 7-1 win over Chiefs" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "As we close on the halfway point for the full-season affiliates, and begin ramping up the short-season teams, here’s a review of the minor-league side of the Nationals Organization as of June 20…" - "Approaching The Turn…" -


• "The Shark had a good game, going 1-3 with and RBI and an awesome sliding catch (highly sharkadelic)." - "SHARK PREPS BUFFALO" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "Ramos' home run was a no-doubt-about-it shot, which landed several rows higher than the Red Porch restaurant seats, almost to the glass windows.  It was, truly, a majestic shot." - "GAME 73 REVIEW: Ramos Three-Run Walk-off Caps Furious Comeback" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "The Nats won a game that they had absolutely no business winning, which is awesome. But was it the Nats game of the year?" - "Game of the Year?" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "Visions of Cordero pumping his fist, his slightly pudgy body firming up to deliver a rapid act of arm violence in response to a big play are burned in plenty of memories already." - "Cordero represented what's right about baseball" - MASN, Nationals Buzz: Drew Kinback

• "Once the club fell down 5-0 in the fifth inning tonight, most teams would have rolled over, chalking their previous eight game winning streak up to luck." - "Down Three Runs With One Out Remaining, Wilson Ramos Hits Walk Off Game Winning Homer To Cap Five Run Ninth Inning" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Not sure what that was tonight, but it wasn’t my Nats. My Nats would’ve buckled and been retired 1-2-3." - "Nats Must Be Monkeys, Cause the Game Was Bananas" - Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "It seems Michael Morse can do no wrong these days...Except when he's tasked with dumping the Gatorade bucket on Wilson Ramos..." - "The Wilson Ramos Gatorade shower fail" - Nats Enquirer

• "You been winning too many races lately George," Teddy tweeted, "and I was tired of hearing about it!" - [Video]: "Teddy sends That Cat to stop George Washington" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@Dalai Lama): "If we want spiritual development, the practice of patience is essential." 


Braves: "Atlanta started its nine-game homestand with a 1-4 record, but including Tuesday's 5-1 victory, has won three in a row." - "Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves: Beachy back as Braves seek sweep of Blue Jays" - Jesse Sanchez, Preview

Mets: "Jose Reyes has said twice in the last week that he would like to stay in New York. Yesterday, he made a point to suggest this hasn’t changed his position about where he wants to spend the rest of his career." - "Why Staying With the Mets is in Reyes Best Interest" - Mike Silva, Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest

Phillies"In the confines of Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, Cliff Lee has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season." - "Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinal: Lee seeks road success against Cardinals" - Jordan Garretson, Preview

Marlins: "There is sentiment within FLA organization that Marlins would be better off trading Hanley Ramirez--but also perception that Loria loves him." -'s Buster Olney on Twitter (@Buster_ESPN)