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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Throw Another Lefty At Philadelphia Phillies.

• Programming Notes: After taking both ends of the day/night doubleheader from the Phillies yesterday, the Washington Nationals play the third of four games in Philadelphia tonight with John Lannan on the hill against Philly right-hander Vance Worley. Can the Nats take three in a row and take the lead in the season series with their NL East rivals? John Lannan finally beat the Phils earlier this year. Last time out in Citizens Bank Park, however, he was knocked out in the fourth after having surrendered four hits, five walks and seven runs, only one of them earned in 3.0 IP. Can Lannan follow in the footsteps of Tommy Milone and Ross Detwiler and help the Nats win their fourth-straight overall and seventh-straight on the road? MASN 2 HD,, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 185. Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "The Nationals have sent a scout to Oakland to watch Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson pitch against the Athletics on Wednesday, according to two baseball sources." - "Nats are scouting Texas’ Wilson" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "Werth sustained the injury when catcher Carlos Ruiz drilled him in what he called the 'not-so-funny bone' with an errant pickoff throw at third base." - "Jayson Werth day-to-day after getting hit in elbow" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "But at the same time, there's a legitimate reason for fans to be encouraged: In 13 1/3 innings over two games today, the Nationals' starting pitchers didn't allow a run." - "Nationals ride Detwiler's strong outing to sweep of Phillies" - Ben Goessling,

• "Well, that turned out to be quite an eventful Tuesday doubleheader for the Nationals, didn't it?" - "Tuesday's sweep by the numbers" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'I've never pitched twice in one day,' Storen said. 'I'll be honest with you, waking up this morning, it's not something I expected to do.'" - "Drew Storen double dips, saves his 40th of the season" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Nine days ago, Drew Storen was sitting on 34 saves for the season, having gone since Aug. 22 without closing a game." - "Drew Storen and the 40-save plateau" - Ben Goessling,

• "[Drew] Storen showed Tuesday why he has become one of the best in baseball in that situation." - "Drew Storen reaches 40 saves with two in one day" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Fifty years ago, on Sept. 21, 1961, the old and new Washington Senators met in the last baseball game at Griffith Stadium..." - "The spirit of Griffith lingers 50 years later" - Dick Heller, Washington Times

• "The Nationals swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies behind a career night from Detwiler in a 3-0 nightcap victory." - "Detwiler, Espinosa complete Nats' doubleheader sweep of Phillies, 3-0" - Byron Kerr,

• "The Nats have been hot as the season winds down, winning nine of 12. They also have taken seven of their past nine games against the Phils..." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Nationals look to continue success against Phillies" - Cash Kruth, Preview

• "Over the course of Ross Detwiler’s 27 previous major league starts, he’s shown promise and possibility in a left arm dripping with potential." - "Detwiler sparkles as Nationals take doubleheader from Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Every team in baseball has a policy against the fans throwing anything on the field, be it a paper airplane, beer bottle, battery or baseball." - "Resisting the urge to throw it back" - Phil Wood,

• "Nationals center fielder Jayson Werth is day to day after leaving Tuesday night's game against the Phillies with a right elbow bruise." - "Jayson Werth hit on elbow with throw, suffers bruise" - Bill Ladson, News

• "In his young career, Espinosa has had more success against Lee than any other pitcher. (Next up would probably be Mike Pelfrey, against whom he is 5 for 10 with a homer and a double.)" - "Danny Espinosa owns Cliff Lee, of all the pitchers to own" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Tommy Milone had flashed a full array of pitches in six shutout innings (against an admittedly undermanned Phillies lineup) and the Nationals had put him in line for his second straight win..." - "Milone gets no-decision after Nationals, Phillies trade homers" - Ben Goessling,

• "'He was throwing strikes and we were swinging the bats,' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. 'It's not like you're not trying...'" - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: On Detwiler's gem, Nationals sweep twin bill" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

• "When Tommy Milone is pitching well, a cracked bat is a common occurrence." - "Nationals' Milone making his mark" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "This Washington Nationals season has dwindled enough that you can almost see the next one coming. On Tuesday, because of two pitching performances, you barely had to squint." - "Nationals vs. Phillies: Milone, Detwiler give a glimpse of the future as they pitch Washington to a sweep" - Adam KIlgore, The Washington Post

• "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg may not have to wrap his season up with Friday's scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park." - "Rizzo: Strasburg may start season finale at Florida" - Byron Kerr,

• "The Nats are on a five-game winning streak on the road. The last time they won that many games away from home was May 31-June 5, 2006." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Zimmerman delivers Game 1 win in a pinch" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

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• "There's a lesson I learned while I was kid watching ballgames at Wrigley Field: Get there early and stay until it's over - no matter what." - "Arrive early, stay until the end" -, Nationals Buzz: Rachel Levitin

• "Strasburg, and ZNN the Nats have 7 viable pitchers for 5 spots. And this offseason could potentially bring in another top-end rotation guy if the Nats feel that is needed." - "Pitching Staff 2013" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Let me set the scene: Bottom 10, 2 Outs, Runner on 2nd, Nats up 4-3, Chase Utley at the plate. What do you do?" - "Johnson 1 - Manuel 0" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "The defending Carolina League champs Potomac had some big shoes to fill, with a number of their impact players from last year departing and moving onwards and upwards." - "Potomac/High-A Pitching Staff year in Review" - Nationals Arm Race

• "In the nightcap, Ross Detwiler was dominant, allowing just three hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings, striking out three, leading to a 3-0 shutout of the division champions." - "GAMES 152 & 153 REVIEW: Nats Sweep Pair From Phillies" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "September 21, 1933: The Washington Senators’ behind the pitching of Lefty Stewart beat the St. Louis Browns 2-1 to clinch the American League Pennant." - "This Day in D.C. Baseball History - Senators' Clinch AL Pennant" - Mark Hornbaker, Washington Nationals Daily News

• "When I saw that Ross Detwiler was set to face Cliff Lee today, I was certain that the Nats best chance was a split of Tuesday's doubleheader." - "Summary and Stats: Nationals Sweep Phillies in Doubleheader" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "I really don’t think it works that way, Clip." - Washington NationLOLs

• "Nats bullpen messes with the lottery numbers at Citizens Bank Park" - Nats Enquirer


• "With the game locked at 0 in the 7th, the Shark CRUSHED a 3-run home run into the second deck in Right Field." - (ed. note - "Tastes like cheesesteak.") "SHARK EATS PHILLY: Part 1" - Sharkadina


Phillies: "Losers of seven of their last eleven, this has unquestionably been the season’s worst stretch of Phillies baseball." - "Victorino Has Been The Missing Spark" - Corey Seidman, Phillies Nation

 Marlins: New Logo? - "MLB Network Radio's Photos - Facebook"

Braves/Marlins: "Braves rookie Randall Delgado held the Marlins to five hits over five innings, and the Atlanta bullpen kept adding zeroes." - "Florida Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez gets no help in loss against Braves" - Clark Spencer,

Mets"Just when the Mets appeared in position to strike a blow toward the Cardinals' wild-card chances, manager Terry Collins' bullpen offered some Arch support." - "Mets win not in Cards after bullpen fails" - Mike Puma,