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Wire Taps: Chien-Ming Wang Chatter, Washington Nationals Head To Philadelphia.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Chien-Ming Wang #40 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on September 18, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Chien-Ming Wang #40 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on September 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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• Programming Notes: Your reward for no baseball today is two games with the Phillies tomorrow. The Washington Nationals are on the road for four games in Philadelphia. Ross Detwiler and Kyle Kendrick match up in the 1:05 pm EDT game tomorrow, and it's a battle of the lefties when Tommy Milone and Cliff Lee meet in the nightcap. Last night all the talk was about Chien-Ming Wang and his strong outing against the Fish. Today the talk is about...No game tonight, I repeat, No Game Tonight. But there will be more baseball on Tuesday. The Nats enter the four-game series with Philadelphia 6-8 against their NL East rivals. No Game Tonight. I repeat. No Game Tonight. 



• "'Each time he’s toed that rubber, he’s gotten a little better,' Nationals outfielder Jonny Gomes said after Wang collected his first win since Aug. 16.'" - "Nationals’ Chien-Ming Wang gets praise from teammates" - Michael Lee, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The questions that surround [Chien-MIng] Wang are no longer about the health of his repaired and painstakingly rehabbed right shoulder..." - "Investment in Chien-Ming Wang finally starting to pay dividends for Nationals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'In Syracuse when he was rehabbing, you saw glimpses of it, but the velocity wasn't there,' said Tommy Milone, who has now shared a rotation spot with Wang in both the minors and majors." - "Wang leads Nats past Marlins, 4-3" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Wang likely has one start left this season, pitching next Saturday against the Braves. After that, of course, comes the obvious question: Will he be back in Washington next year?" - "Chien-Ming Wang beats Marlins, and Davey Johnson says he wants him to return" - Ben Goessling,

• "The victory -- the Nationals' seventh in 10 games -- was their 42nd home win of the season, a season-high since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005." - "Florida Marlins at Washington Nationals: Nats top Marlins, set record for wins at home" - Ben Standig, WSH Recap

• "Hopefully I can come back here but the decision is made by the team. Personally I would like to come back." - Chien-Ming Wang - "Chien-Ming Wang and his future with the Nationals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'I think it’s really just coincidental, nothing you can put a finger on,' reliever Tyler Clippard said of the Marlins’ dominance of the Nationals.'" - "Washington Nationals’ Ian Desmond on Florida: 'They’ve got our number right now'" - Michael Lee, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The other four guys getting a chance to audition this month: Chien-Ming Wang, Ross Detwiler, Brad Peacock and Tommy Milone." - "Rank the rotation candidates" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "While the Phillies have clinched the National League East, it doesn't mean that the Nationals have abandoned their season." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Kendrick, Detwiler meet in Game 1 of doubleheader" - Chris Vannini, Preview

• "Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus participated in a simulation game Saturday in which he threw 20 to 25 pitches and faced two batters." - "Mattheus 'felt strong' in simulated game; Detwiler and Milone notes" - Byron Kerr,

• "After finishing three consecutive seasons in the basement of the National League East, the Nationals are poised for a third-place finish in 2011." - "Nats continuing trend of steady improvement" - Ben Standig, News

• "Chris Marrero drove in a pair of runs in the win with a sacrifice fly and a single. The Nationals improved to 72-79, beating the Marlins for just the second time this year at home." - "Nationals beat Marlins 4-3" - Ben Goessling,

• "The big question for the Washington Nationals is a trivial matter for the man whom the answer affects most. Will Davey Johnson manage next season?" - "Nationals Manager Davey Johnson savors the present day, and its challenges" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "Former National Dmitri Young says he wants to play again. Play baseball. In the big leagues. No kidding." - "'Meat Hook' on comeback trail" - Phil Wood,

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• Quick Minor League Updates: 

• Class-A Hagerstown: "The Hagerstown Suns are pleased to announce the 2012 schedule with Opening Day at Municipal Stadium set for Thursday, April 5." - "Suns announce 2012 schedule" - Hagerstown Suns News

• Class-A Potomac"The Potomac Nationals are excited to announce their 2012 schedule." - "2012 Schedule Announced!" - Potomac Nationals News


• "Sunday was just the latest chapter in the comeback of Chien-Ming Wang. Until he tired in the seventh inning, Wang dominated the Florida Marlins for 6 2/3 innings." - "Will Wang be part of new dynasty in Washington?" -, Nationals Buzz: Dave Nichols

• "Syracuse’s rotation started the year with two guys who some thought could have made the MLB roster, two guys who were closer to the 'organizational guy' title than a spot on the 25-man..." - "Syracuse/AAA Pitching Staff Year in Review" - Nationals Arm Race

• "The Nats offense has been pretty miserable but a combination of good pitching and bad opponents has kept them out of last. Could they still fall past the Marlins? Sure." - "Monday" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "When the Nationals signed Chien-Ming Wang two years ago, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into." - "Wang Comes Full Circle Just In Time" - Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "So Stephen Strasburg blew a 99 MPH fastball by Mike Stanton Saturday night; a strikeout to end the first inning." - "Video of that 99 MPH fastball Stephen Strasburg blew by Mike Stanton Saturday night" - Nats Enquirer

• "This September had the potential to be a harbinger for things to come in NatsTown - a chance for all the fans to catch a glimpse of the future." - "Rookie Talent" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "And with increasing confidence in his slider, throwing it more as a swing-and-miss pitch with two strikes, the Taiwan native also struck out five without walking a batter..." - "GAME 151 REVIEW: Wang Strong as Nats Hold off Marlins 4-3" - Dave Nichols, Nationals News Network

• "Apparently, Captain Andy Hillstrand of Discovery TV’s Deadliest Catch got to know Teddy Roosevelt on Saturday when he visited Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch." - "Video: Teddy goes fishing, finds Marlin in the Anacostia" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!


• Marlins: "The Nationals capitalized on the befuddling sinker pitch of Chien-Ming Wang to stay three games ahead of the Marlins in the race to avoid finishing last in the NL East division." - "Giving away runs costs Florida Marlins in loss to Nationals" - Linda Robertson,

Braves: "The Braves sent several injured pitchers to the instructional league in Orlando on Sunday to prepare for a shot at the postseason." - "Medlen, Hanson head to Orlando, hopeful of postseason" - Carroll Rogers,

Mets: "'We still show fight,' pitcher Dillon Gee said after yesterday's 7-5 win over the Braves. 'We care.'" - "Mets show they still have some fight" - Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies: "Phillies Q&A with the Crashburn Staff" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley