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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals, Tyler Clippard, Vultured W's And All-Star Notes.

• This lunchtime edition of Wire Taps is brought to you by the Tyler "The All-Star Vulture" Clippard Appreciation Society. The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves get back to baseball that really counts on Friday, until then you'll have to find other ways to entertain yourself. You can follow Chien-Ming Wang tonight in Potomac. The Double-A All-Star Game is tonight, and there are plenty of Nats' prospects in the game...Other than that...enjoy some lunchtime links...



• "'It was the definition of a vulture,' Clippard said of his win. 'I’ll take it.'" - "2011 All-Star Game: Nationals’ Tyler Clippard earns the victory in three pitches" - Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post

• "'There’s a big part of me that is like, ‘What am I doing here?’ Clippard said Monday, looking around a ballroom at the Arizona Biltmore resort filled with the game’s biggest names." - "Nationals' Tyler Clippard not out of place among baseball's elite" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Maybe (he'll get me) dinner or something. Who knows?' Pence said. 'But we got a win, and that's how it goes.'" - Pence on Clippard - "Tyler Clippard gets unusual win for National League in All-Star Game" - Ben Goessling,

• "'I'm going to say I grooved an 0-2 heater to Beltre, and Hunter Pence threw him out at the plate and I vultured a win in my first All-Star Game,' Clippard said." - "Nats' Clippard gets the W for NL All-Stars" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "How strange? He became the first pitcher since 1954 to pick up the win in an All-Star Game without retiring a single batter..." - "Tyler Clippard's amazingly remarkable night at the All-Star Game" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The All-Star Game was a pretty big deal to me then, and still was for many years after the Senators left town. Today, though, it just doesn't have quite same must-see appeal." - "Ain't what it used to be" - Phil Wood,

• "'I'll probably give [Pence] a hug later,' Clippard said. 'I was glad to get into a game. I got it over quick. I did enough to get the win. How about that?'" - "All-Star victory capped great day for Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard" - Bill Ladson, News

• "The last pitchers from the same team to win consecutive All-Star Games were Doug Jones and Heathcliff Slocumb, who did it for Philadelphia in 1994 and 1995." - "MLB All-Star Game: Nats' Tyler Clippard vultures win as NL edges AL" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "So that would probably mean either 2015 or 2016 is the Nationals' first chance at the All-Star Game. But they're going to have competition..." - "When will the All-Star Game land in Washington?" - Ben Goessling,

• "'That took a long time, and I think the Washington situation is working out well, I really do,' MLB commissioner Bud Selig said today." - "Selig: Baseball in D.C." - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'It's hard to beat great pitching and a three-run homer,' NL manager Bruce Bochy said." - "American League All-Stars at National League All-Stars: Royal blast: Princes' homer lifts NL past AL" - Steve Gilbert, Recap

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• "'[Lombardozzi] believes in himself, and he is confident in his abilities and is confident he can play at the major league level,' Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley said." - "Nats' Stephen Lombardozzi draws from dad for infielder's insight" - David Driver, Washington Times

• "Nationals right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will make his fourth rehab start Wednesday for the Single-A Potomac Nationals against the Kinston Indians at 7:05 p.m. in Woodbridge, Va." - "Wang set for fourth rehab start Wednesday at Potomac" - Byron Kerr,

Class-A Hagerstown: "Suns LHP Robbie Ray did not allow a run in his first four innings of work, despite walking three, but would not factor into the decision as the Suns bullpen allowed three runs late after Ray was pulled from the game after 4.2 inning pitched." - "Greenjackets Use Late Surge To Fend Off Hagerstown" - Hagerstown Suns News

• "[Tyler] Moore made the big splash on offense last year, so many people don't talk much about his improvements at first base on defense." - "Prospect Moore excelling at next level after historic Potomac season" - Byron Kerr,

• "Wednesday’s News & Notes" -


• "The Washington Nationals will have home field advantage in the 2011 World Series." - Nats Enquirer

• "The Nationals Inquisition presents the Top 5 ASG Winning Moments That Didn’t Involve Tyler Clippard." - "Top 5 ASG Winning Moments That Didn’t Involve Tyler Clippard" - Danger Nat, Nationals Inquisition

• "Keith Law mentioned that Peacock really hasn’t shown a history of a second pitch, and that in the Arizona Fall League he looked like a one pitch reliever." - "The Potential of Peacock" - Charlie, The Nationals Review

• "Living in New York, I’ve been reading today about Clippard, the former Yankee and as their fans usually are, they are bitter about Clip pitching on the other side." - "Tyler Clippard has odd All-Star Game appearance" - Zach Myles, DC Double Play


• Mets: "'Carlos Beltran, the guy’s a phenomenal hitter, a switch hitter,' Wilson said. 'There’s talks of him coming over to the Giants. More than welcome. Come on over, pal.'" - "Closer Brian Wilson On National TV: NY Mets' Carlos Beltran 'More Than Welcome' On San Francisco Giants" - CBS New York

Mets: "Francisco Rodriguez recently hired Scott Boras as his agent. But Boras wasn’t the mastermind behind the trade that sent K-Rod from the Mets to the Brewers." - "New York Mets trade K-Rod to Milwaukee Brewers" - Ken Rosenthal, Jon Morosi, FOX Sports on MSN

Phillies: "The Phillies’ record is so good that they can merely play .500 ball over the final 71 games and they will finish with 92 wins." - "Phils fight through obstacles in strong first half" - John R. Finger,

Marlins: "Beinfest said the team started thinking about moving Hensley to the rotation after Josh Johnson last month experienced a setback in his attempt to come back from a sore shoulder." - "From bullpen to rotation: Florida Marlins pitcher Clay Hensley penciled in to start Monday in New York against the Mets" - Joe Capozzi, Fish Tank blog: The Palm Beach Post

Braves: "Like the first-place Philadelphia Phillies, the second-place Braves are loaded with elite pitching." - "Braves' pitching can keep them with Phillies" - David O'Brien,