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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann, Rick Eckstein, Michael Morse Chatter.

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• Programming Notes: The DC Faithful were up late last night, watching their Washington Nationals earn a 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. They're back at it again tonight with Yunesky Maya on the mound against Josh Collmenter. Maya makes his second start of 2011 after being called up from Triple-A Syracuse to take Tom Gorzelanny's spot in the rotation. Can the Cuban-born right-hander keep the Nationals rolling? Will Werth be in tonight's lineup after the Human Rain Delay hit him late last night? Can Michael Morse keep the hit-streak going? MASN2 HD,, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM channel 187 for subscribers...Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "In the bottom of the 10th tonight at Hagerstown, Harper hit a two-run, walk-off home run to give the Suns a 9-8 victory over Greenville..." - "Bryce Harper hits a walk-off homer in Hagerstown" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo will be participating in a live chat here on at 12:30 p.m." - "Sean Burnett takes a step in the right direction (Rizzo chat at 12:30 p.m.)" - Ben Goessling,

• "There is no Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper this year, instead replaced with what multiple executives have called the deepest draft in at least five years." - "Nationals have plenty of cards to play at the MLB draft" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Washington Nationals are apparently one of nine teams in violation of Major League Baseball's debt service rules, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times." - "Washington Nationals One Of Nine Teams In Violation Of MLB's Debt Rules, According To Report" - Mike Prada, SB Nation DC

• "'The funny thing is right-hander Trevor Bauer is on the same team,' [Baseball America's Jim] Callis continued. "Bauer's stuff is not [Gerrit] Cole's stuff, but it is pretty good.'" - "Nationals draft preview: UCLA righty Gerrit Cole" - Byron Kerr,

• "'What consumes my thoughts is winning and, at times, the lack of winning. The repercussions doesn’t enter into it. It’s not an issue.'" - Jim Riggleman - "Nats’ Riggleman not worried about job status" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "For nearly four years, since the day the Nationals drafted him out of tiny Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Jordan Zimmermann had been more concept than reality." - "Zimmermann, Ramos lead Nats past Diamondbacks" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN

• "Riggleman said, if the half inning had ended immediately, he would removed Werth in the bottom of the ninth." - "Jayson Werth’s elbow and Michael Morse’s hot streak" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Zimmermann, who hadn't won since May 1 despite posting a quality start in every outing since April 26, was as sharp as we've seen him all season." - "Nationals beat Diamondbacks 6-1 for third straight win" - Ben Goessling,

• "'We didn’t play very good,' Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. 'Not a lot went right for us.'" - "Nats' offense finally supports Zimmermann in 6-1 victory against Diamondbacks" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Cy Young and those guys are rolling over in their graves when we are bragging on people [who pitch six or seven innings]. But in today's world, it's a beautiful thing...'" - Jim Riggleman on Jordan Zimmermann - "Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks: Zimmermann shuts down D-Backs in win" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

• "The whole Acta saga should have been one of those teachable moments, but a lot of fans still don't get it..." - "It's always the personnel" - Phil Wood,

• YOU HAVE NO INTEGRITY!! NO INTEGRITY! The Rick Eckstein Interview Section:

• "'I’m going to blame myself,' Eckstein said. 'That’s the way I’ve always been. I don’t point fingers at anybody else.'" - "Rick Eckstein sees Nationals offense ‘starting to come together’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'As the hitting coach, I think it through. I try pick apart where I make mistakes,' [Eckstein] said. 'So, yeah, I do take it home with me.'" - "Hitting coach looks to ignite Nats bats" - Bill Ladson,

• "ECKSTEIN: 'We believe in ourselves. Everyone on this team, every person on the coaching staff, every person in the front office. We know what we're capable of doing.'" - "Eckstein on the Nats' lineup" - Mark Zuckerman,

 Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance." 


Class-A Hagerstown: "'It felt great,' Harper said. 'I was looking for any pitch to drive and getting that pitch is huge."" "Harper launches walk-off home run" - Danny Wild, News

• "Bryce Harper capped a 4-5 day with a 10th inning Walk Off Home Run as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Greenville Drive 9-8." - "Bryce Harper 10th Inning Walk Off Home Run Wins 9-8 Slugfest For Hagerstown" - Harper Mania

Class-A Potomac: "The Potomac Nationals snapped their 11-game losing streak Thursday night in Winston-Salem with an 8-5 victory over the Dash." - "P-Nats Stop Slide in Winston with 8-5 Win" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "The Senators twice left the bases loaded in the game and stranded 12 base runners altogether..." - "Senators 10-game win streak snapped with 10-5 loss" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, were swept in four games after a 5-1 loss to the Louisville Bats on Thursday night." - "Chiefs fall victim to long ball in Louisville" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues." - "Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 7" - Sue Dinem,


• "The Shark is hungry to continue this win streak (and hit streak) and snake is an Arizona delicacy." - "SHARK VS DIAMONDBACKS" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog: 


• "Racing president Teddy Roosevelt’s Memorial Day red herring apparently generated enough interest to inspire even more national outrage over Wednesday’s disqualification." - "From around the web: Jeers, tributes, proposals for Teddy" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "The man they call Michael couldn't have started the season any worse after an incredible spring training." - "Michael Morse and his Surreal Streak" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "The biggest change has been that Zimmermann has found the command in his slider and has made it a plus pitch again." - "Jordan Zimmermann's Slider Returns, Pitching Like A Future Ace" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog


Phillies"The Phillies’ staff as a whole allows the fourth-fewest line drives in baseball (17.4 percent) and gives up hits on them at nearly the National League average (72.1 percent to the NL’s 71.4 percent)." - "Room for the Starting Rotation to Improve?" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Mets"'I think it’s well documented that I enjoy playing here. I really love playing baseball in New York and hope I can do that for a long time...'" - David Wright"David Wright: I Want To Stay With NY Mets; 2013 Contract Option A Potential Major Trade Obstacle For New York, Sandy Alderson" - CBS New York

• Braves: " we'll take a look at one of those possibilities when we examine five high school pitchers the Braves could be targeting with their first round pick, number-28 overall." - "Five Prep Pitchers The Atlanta Braves Could Select In The 2011 MLB Draft" - gondeee - Talking Chop

Marlins: "'Why not be hard-nosed?' Sabean said. 'If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.'" - "Giants GM rips Scott Cousins over Buster Posey injury" - Andrew Baggarly, San Jose Mercury News