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• Programming Notes: You'll have to forgive, or you don't "have to" but I hope you will, the abbreviated edition of our morning link post, but I have a four hour drive ahead of me and the Nats' game in Chicago tonight to prepare for so this is going to be a bit more haphazard and rushed than our usual collection of stories from around the Natmosphere...It's all about Strasburg today anyway, or at least yesterday was...tonight's about Chien-Ming Wang taking on the Cubs. Anyway, the car's running and the hotel wants me out. So here's some links... Enjoy, Nats vs Cubs tonight at 8:05 pm EDT...

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• Strasburg Stuff:

• "Watch Stephen Strasburg strike out the first guy he faced in first rehab start since Tommy John" - Nats Enquirer

• CSNwashington.com: Stephen Strasburg Post Game w/ Highlights.

• "Two weeks short of one year, Strasburg finally took the mound against live batters getting paid to beat him.  Though far away from the bright lights of the Major Leagues, there was still plenty of attention focused on the franchise arm of the Washington Nationals." - "Strasburg Sharp in First Rehab Start" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork w/ Photos and lots of 'em by @CNichols14

• "More than 6,000 fans and 65 media members squeezed into creaky, old Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon to see if Stephen Strasburg still had the lightning in his $15 million right arm." - "Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg strikes out four of eight in first rehab start at Hagerstown" - Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post

• "They spilled into the aisles at Municipal Stadium, covered with sweat and No. 37 jerseys and hope. No seats remained, so they packed elbow-to-elbow." - "Strasburg flashes form for adoring fans in rehab start" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "He also dropped an interesting opinion when he got the obligatory question about changing his mechanics, saying he thought he might have torn his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow last August in Philadelphia because he was getting tired." - "In first rehab start, Stephen Strasburg looks like his old self" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "On a day filled with pomp and spectacle because of his much-anticipated return, Strasburg was all business and didn't appear distracted by the overflow crowd or throng of media following his every step." - "Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg shows command in first rehab start" - Todd Karpovich, nationals.com: News

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Ivan Rodriguez received an epidural shot in his ailing oblique and will pause his rehab for three days as the shot takes effect, General Manager Mike Rizzo said." - "Ivan Rodriguez leaves Hagerstown, still rehabbing oblique strain" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Baseball fate hasn’t been kind this season to former Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, who’s struggling through a horrific campaign of unprecedented ugliness." - "SNYDER: Slugger's season is totally un-Dunn" - Deron Snyder, Washington Times

• "'I don't think Purke is going to sign for the less than the money that was taken away from him out of high school,' [BA's Jim] Callis said. 'I think the Nationals can offer him maybe $3 million.'" - "Callis: All looks good with top picks except for Purke" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "The Nationals are satisfied all four have no health issues. Both Purke and Rendon dealt with shoulder issues in college, which made their health of particular interest." - "A (small) Nationals draft signings update" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'Seeing what happened to [Nicasio] you never want to see that,' Lannan said. 'Just, looking back on my situation, I’m lucky that whatever happened to me was only that.'" - "Lannan exorcises demons with solid outing" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Wang's big league sample size is hardly big enough to decide whether or not he has a future with Washington." - "A longer look at Wang is in order" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "Meanwhile, Chien-Ming Wang will be on the hill for the Nationals, making his third start of the season. "His last outing Wednesday against the Braves was better than his first of the season, but he still took the loss. Giving up six runs (two earned) on seven hits, Wang tossed five innings." - "Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs: Cubs look to keep it clean as they host Nationals" - Quinn Roberts, MLB.com Preview

• "Since he arrived with the Nationals in a trade from the Reds 13 days ago, Jonny Gomes has added 'a uniqueness to the ball club,' Jayson Werth said." - "Jonny Gomes fitting in with the Nationals" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Lets get back into the swing of things, starting with Rotation cycle #23.  After all these moves, we’re now set on this rotational order: Hernandez, Lannan, Wang, Detwiler and Zimmermann." - "Nats Rotation Cycle #23: good/bad/soso" - Nationals Arm Race

• "So why the grand show of emotion on his 29th save of the season? 'It's Tulo,' Storen said, a smile plastered to his face. 'He's an unbelievable hitter. It was just a battle.'" - "Storen and Tulowitzki do battle" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "With a one-run lead and Troy Tulowitzki at the plate, Storen challenged the Rockies cleanup hitter with his best stuff..." - "Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies: Nats nail down split against Rox in squeaker" - Owen Perkins, MLB.com WSH Recap

• NATS MINOR LEAGUES: 

 Class-A Auburn: "Powered by a pair of home runs, one by Justin Miller and the other by Russell Moldenhauer, and a great outing from starter Brian Dupra, the Doubledays thumped the Scrappers in game three of a four game series." - "Long Ball, Pitching Dominates in 7-0 Win" - Auburn Doubledays News

• Class-A Potomac: Destin Hood - 2 for 4, RBI, BB; Sandy Leon - 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI's - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

• Double-A Harrisburg: Erik Komatsu - 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI's; Tim Pahuta - 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI's; Oliver Perez - 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB - Harrisburg Senators Scoreboard

• Triple-A Syracuse: "But Marrero answered for the Chiefs in the third inning. Matt Antonelli singled with one out, and Marrero blasted a 2-2 pitch from Zach McAllister well over the left field wall for his thirteenth home run." - "Chiefs fall in finale at Columbus" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Monday’s News & Notes" - NationalsProspects.com

• "Recently promoted catcher Adrian Nieto has hit the ground running in Hagerstown, after getting promoted to Single-A this summer following a great start at short-season Auburn." - "Freitas and Nieto show off catcher depth in Hagerstown" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com