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WireTaps: Lunchtime Edition, Ross Detwiler Reviews, Michael Morse Final Vote News.

• Programming Notes: 7:05 pm EDT again tonight with Tom Gorzelanny taking on Randy Wells as the Nationals look for their third straight win over Chicago and the fourth win in their last five games. MASN HD, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 187.



• "'Do I feel like a late bloomer?' Morse said Tuesday before the Nationals’ 3-2 win over the Cubs. 'Yeah, because I didn’t get an opportunity when I was younger.'" - "Michael Morse's late run to All-Star party" - Jerry Crasnick, SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

• "After 48 hours, Michael Morse ranks fourth in the Final Vote." - "Morse needs support in Final Vote" - Bill Ladson, News



• In a new public service announcement, first lady Michelle Obama and the Washington Nationals promote the Joining Forces initiative, which supports military families. - Video: Michelle Obama and the Nats - Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'We're the type of team where, at any given moment, somebody's going to pick somebody else up and we're going to get the job done,' reliever Tyler Clippard said." - "Nationals show their survival skills again in win over Cubs" - Ben Goessling,

• "'Now that overaggressiveness that I had in the field has gone to my at-bats,' [Davey] Johnson recalled Desmond replying." - "Ian Desmond finds tutor in Davey Johnson" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "As then-manager Frank Robinson loved to point out: The law of averages always prevails." - "The one-run wonders do it again" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Meanwhile, Tom Gorzelanny will try and get his first win in almost two months -- a span of six games -- against his former team." - "Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals: Wells, Gorzelanny trying to end personal slides" - Quinn Roberts, Preview

• "Detwiler would also become useful as a sixth starting pitcher as the Nationals decrease Jordan Zimmermann’s workload." - "Ross Detwiler could stick around — and help manage Jordan Zimmermann’s innings limit" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "I'm no expert on hitting, but I do know from speaking with Nats players that Rick Eckstein works exceptionally hard at his job. His intensity is legendary." - "Searching for scapegoats" - Phil Wood,

• "'I love one-run games, believe me,' Johnson said. 'But every decision you make in a one-run ballgame is kind of critical. Once in a while, I’d like to have a laugher.'" - "Again, Nationals' win comes with no margin for error" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'We're just, I think we're looking for too much, or not looking for our pitch and driving it,' manager Davey Johnson said." - "Time for an offensive breakthrough?" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The club regularly shows support to the military with its third-inning tribute at every home game, but that tribute placed extra emphasis on family Tuesday, and the first lady was at the center of it." - "Nats, first lady team up for 'Joining Forces'" - Steven Miller, News

• "'I was quite amazed that he was throwing that well,' Williams said. 'He commanded well. His mechanics were clean. I was extremely happy.'" - "Updates on Stephen Strasburg and J.C. Romero" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "It was clear on Tuesday night that if Detwiler is going to do anything in the majors this year, it's going to be with his sinker. " - "Ross Detwiler finding a groove with his sinker" - Ben Goessling,

• "'It's a winning attitude here now,' Detwiler said, just hours after stepping foot inside the Nationals clubhouse.'" - "Pitching with an 'attitude,' Detwiler gets first major league win of the season" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'My complaint is my offense,' said Johnson. 'I keep saying it's going to start going and it showed signs of life tonight, but we're not getting the clutch base hit.'" - "Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals: Three-run first holds up for Detwiler, Nats" - WSH Recap

• "In the spring, Detwiler showed more than he ever had before why the Nationals chose him with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft." - "Ross Detwiler pitching with ‘more of an attitude’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "At first glance, the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs don’t seem to have a lot in common." - "David Elfin On Sports: Nats And Cubs Share Similarities" - David Elfin

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "The practice of cultivating altruism has a beneficial effect not only from a religious point of view but also from a mundane point of view." 


Class-A Auburn: "Thanks to another great performance from the bullpen, which increased their scoreless streak to 12.1 IP, the Auburn Doubledays swept the State College Spikes 4-2 at Falcon Park on Tuesday night." - "Home Sweep of State College in 4-2 Doubledays Win" - Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Hagerstown: "LHP Paul Applebee, who did not factor into the decision, started for the Suns and tossed 5.0 innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits without walking a batter and striking out five." - "Hagerstown Edges Lakewood 4-3 in Second Consecutive One-Run Game" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "Sammy Solis got an avalanche of run support in his Carolina League debut - and he hardly needed it." - "RAMIREZ SLAM HELPS SOLIS IN DEBUT" - Potomac Nationals News

• Class-A Potomac: "You could hear the smack of Sandy Leon's catcher's mitt when Solis' fastball would smoke in there, and he worked the mound at an up tempo, but controlled pace." - "Solis nets victory with 'awesome' debut in Potomac" - Byron Kerr,

Double-AA Harrisburg: "Erik Arnesen led the way on Tuesday night pitching 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs in improving to 6-1 on the season." - "Erik Arnesen pitches the Senators past Erie" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "With Matt Antonelli on first, the Syracuse first baseman [Chris Marrero] blasted his ninth home run of the year over the leftfield wall to close the gap to 6-2." - "Chiefs fall to Bisons 11-6" - Syracuse Chiefs News

Triple-A Syracuse: "'The beginning of the year, I was just trying to get my feet wet in Triple-A,' Milone said. 'The last few starts, I am starting to kind of getting a feel for how the hitters hit up here.'" - "Milone named International League Pitcher of the Week" - Byron Kerr,

• "Catching Up On Transactions" - Sue Dinem,


• "Tuesday night, Ross Detwiler went 5.1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. On paper, that makes a pretty average start." - "Handicapping Detwiler's Start" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "After the game, manager Davey Johnson admitted he made a mistake.  He didn't want Detwiler to face Ramirez in the sixth inning, but he didn't get right-handed reliever Todd Coffey up quickly enough to get him properly warmed up." - "GAME 87 REVIEW: Bullpen Holds On for Detwiler's First Win" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Go ahead, vote for Michael Morse right here, even if it is probably a lost cause now, considering Shaq is endorsing Shane Victorino via Twitter." - "Vote Beast Mode" - Nats Enquirer

• "I'm still not 100 percent positive how to categorize Johnson, but I do know that I see potential in him as manager for the close of the year." - "Johnson holds Nats accountable with levity, pride" -, Nationals Buzz: Rachel Levitin

• "Another good start for Robbie Ray on 7/1: 6IP, 5H, 3R, ER, 2BB, 6K, reversing his slide over the past few games." - "Minor League Rotations Cycle #17: good/bad/soso" - Nationals Arm Race

• "But seeing Carlos Pena (.344 OBP, 17 homers) on the other side of the diamond the last couple nights reminds me that things could have even been better with just one or two moves that could have easily happened in the last year." - "Could have been better, could have been worse" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "It seems Teddy Roosevelt has tried just about every way, legitimate and otherwise, to gain advantage over his opponents in the Washington Nationals’ presidents race." - "Video: Teddy locks out competition, celebrates prematurely" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!


Phillies/Marlins: "For Florida, Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in eight straight games. Lefty reliever Randy Choate has been scored upon just once in his last 34 appearances." - "Phillies-Marlins game notes: Kendrick vs. Sanchez" - AP/

Mets"[Sandy] Alderson is hoping for 'decent minor leaguers' in return, reported the paper, but may have to settle for a mere salary dump as the July 31 trading deadline approaches." - Report: Sandy Alderson, New York Mets Shopping Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), Jason Isringhausen, Tim Byrdak " CBS New York

Braves: "The White Sox recently sent Dave Yokum, their fine assistant general manager/pro scout, to watch Beachy and Braves’ pitching, so we’ll see if there’s any match, and whether the White Sox would ever consider dealing Carlos Quentin." - "Clemens’s reputation goes on trial this week" - Nick Cafardo, The Boston Globe