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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals/Davey Johnson Day Two, Tyler Clippard Rumors.

Programming Notes: [yawns]...Day two of the Davey Johnson era. It's Jason Marquis vs Joel Pineiro tonight in Angels Stadium of Anaheim as the Washington Nationals look to come back after last night's extra-innings-loss. There's word this morning that Tyler Clippard's got a tired arm. Drew Storen's back with the team. Chien-Ming Wang pitched last night. A.J. Cole pitched after Wang. Stephen Strasburg aired it out. Danny Espinosa is teh klutch. Fans across NatsTown are struggling through a day of work with tired eyes...Game two of three in LA starts at 10:05 pm EDT. MASN2 HD,, the MLB Network, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 182. Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "Clippard hopes to return tonight, but Johnson he may give him the day off again – 'he’s too valuable to mess around with,' Johnson said." - "Tyler Clippard was unavailable with a tired arm last night" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Washington is willing to move ex-Yankee Tyler Clippard, but specifically is looking for a center fielder and has focused on the RaysB.J. Upton." - "As race with the Red Sox heats up, Yankees may pay price for arms" - Joel Sherman,

• "When Davey Johnson last put on the uniform of a major league manager, the baseball world was different." - "Nationals' Johnson changed, but love remains" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "In Part 1 of his interview with Ben Goessling, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg talks about his rehab from Tommy John surgery and says he's enjoying the challenge." - Video: "Stephen Strasburg says his expectations of rehab were 'spot on'" - Ben Goessling,

 Part 2: "Stephen Strasburg said he has learned a lot of patience from his rehab and being away from the Nationals." Video: "Strasburg talks about learning patience and playing for Johnson" - Ben Goessling,

 "In Part 3 of his one-on-one interview with's Ben Goessling, Stephen Strasburg said he's trying to pitch to contact, rather than try to strike hitters out." - Video: "Strasburg debates proper mechanics and being a workhorse" - Ben Goessling,

• "'I've done it a lot my whole life,' the Nationals' new manager said. 'The ballpark is your home. ... I feel very comfortable here.'" - "Passionate Johnson returns to dugout" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN

• "'I called him up and I said, 'Pat, I'd like you to be my bench coach,' the 68-year-old Johnson said of his conversation with Corrales, 70." - "Johnson wants Corrales as bench coach" - Jordan Garretson, News

• "One of the Nationals officials there said Wang threw strikes with all his pitches and had good movement on his sinker, his most valuable pitch." - "Chien-Ming Wang makes his first rehab start, has a good sinker" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Ryan Mattheus -- who relieved Lannan -- combined with Henry Rodriguez to throw 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Sean Burnett didn't have as much luck." - "Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Angels: Nationals drop Johnson's debut in extras" - Jordan Garretson, WSH Recap

• "'I walked away from a million dollars in Baltimore because I didn’t want to be a detriment to the club because [team owner Peter] Angelos didn’t like me,' Johnson said..." - "Davey Johnson is certain to take the Nationals on a wild ride" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "'Lucky for Mike he came over here [to Anaheim],' Johnson said with a smile. 'I think he was a little impatient [with the Dodgers].'" - "Johnson's debut comes with twist of fate" - Jordan Garretson, News

• "'A Night at the Park' will feature a silent auction, with memorabilia and experiences such as the use of Zimmerman’s sky suite at Nationals Park for a game and a VIP package to this year’s All-Star Game in Phoenix." - "Zimmerman's event: fun at the park for a worthy cause" - Paulina Berkovich, Washington Times

• "'You've got to take the good with the bad,' Johnson said. 'I liked the way we battled.'" - "Angels spoil Davey Johnson's debut as Nats manager" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'It’s been a while,' Wang said through a translator. 'I feel happy and excited. I feel good.'" - "Chien-Ming Wang finally returns to pitcher's mound" - Rich Campbell, Washington Times

• "For Johnson, the first task at hand is to get the team to play in his style, no matter who the opponent might be." - "Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Angels: Torii returns as Halos face Johnson's Nats" - Doug Miller, Preview

• "'I liked the way we battled. We played pretty good out there. They got (16) hits, we got six and that was still a very close ballgame.'" - Davey Johnson - "Nats lose to Angels 4-3, but Johnson enjoys the challenge" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times


Class-A Auburn: "The Doubledays scored early and often, putting up crooked numbers in the first four innings of the game, marching to a 12-0 lead through four innings." - "Doubledays Crush Crosscutters in 13-8 blowout" - Auburn Doubledays News

• Class-A Hagerstown: "RHP A.J. Cole (2-4), the winning pitcher, piggybacked Wang's outing and tossed a 5.0 inning gem, scattering two hits, walking one, and fanning six." - "RHP Chien-Ming Wang Makes First Washington Nationals Appearance in 5-2 Hagerstown Victory" - Hagerstown Suns News

• Class-A Potomac: Daniel Rosenbaum - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K's; Sandy Leon - 3 for 5; Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

Double-A Harrisburg: "Tanner Roark started and allowed four runs in the first, but settled in and went five innings allowing five runs in total." - "Richmond slams the Sens 9-3" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "[Tom] Milone finished with eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out six." - "Chiefs continue offensive outburst in 11-2 win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Chris Marrero: His batting eye has definitely improved, as his OBP is up to .360 on the year after four walks in his last ten games." - "Nats Farm Report for Week Ending June 26" - Tyler Radecki, Nats News Network

• "Tuesday’s News & Notes" -


• "Let me just say this.  It is going to take the power of God to protect them against the Shark..." - "SHARK VS ANGELS" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "The deeper we look into Werth's stats, the worse it gets. He's hitting .186/.305/.353 on the road. In the month of June, he's hit .153/.298/.282 with just six extra-base hits and has struck out 23 times..." - "Is it time to be worried about Werth?" - MASN, Nationals Buzz: Dave Nichols

• "Well last-week's Ollie-Watch turned out to give Oliver Perez the CapBall curse, I decided to hold off on our Wang-Watch until he actually pitched into a game." - "Wang-Watch" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "Jordan Zimmermann continued his excellent streak of starts, going 7 scoreless innings friday 6/24 (box/gamer) before watching his bullpen blow his Win..." - "Nats Rotation Cycle #16: good/bad/soso" - Nationals Arm Race

• "The tough choices here were [Gaby] Sanchez at first base instead of Michael Morse from the Nats." - "Looking at the All-Star Teams" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "At this hour, Jayson Werth is still standing at home plate (with Scott Boras behind him) with the bat on his shoulder..." - "Fire Davey Johnson!" - Nats Enquirer

• "Rizzo may have hit the nail on the head here by giving him time not only to succeed, but also time to fail at times in Hagerstown." - "The One Thing That Is Holding Bryce Harper Back" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Teddy entered the field riding an oversized tricycle, and fell behind the other presidents before they reached the right field corner." - "Teddy comes up short in first California presidents race" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Being motivated by compassion and love, respecting the rights of others – this is the real practice of religion." 


Mets: "Overall, Reyes has been the key to the Mets even staying in the Wild Card conversation. He’s arguably the NL MVP to date..." - "Where Does Reyes Season Stand in Mets History?" - Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest

Phillies: "As the Boston Red Sox begin a series with the Philadelphia Phillies, it’s hard to escape the thought that it just might be a World Series preview." - "Beckett vs. Lee a historically good matchup" - Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Boston

Braves: "Bobby Cox wasn't the only old dude to leave Atlanta when the 2010 season ended. The Braves got themselves some sweet rookies." - "The Juice: Braves aren’t kidding around with these rookies" - David Brown, Big League Stew

Marlins"They are 3-22 in June and plummeted from 10 games over .500 to 10 games below faster than any team in major-league history." - "Florida Marlins’ rehash talks get shelved" - Clark Spencer,