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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Play Sunday At 3:07 PM EDT; Monday 4:37 PM EDT; Learn Who Will Be Umpiring NLDS

The Washington Nationals learned when they'll play the first postseason game on Sunday, when it was announced that game one will take place at 3:07 pm EDT and they also learned which umpires will be working the first postseason series by a D.C.-based team since 1933.

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The Washington Nationals learned this morning that they will play the first postseason game by a team from the nation's capital since 1933 on Sunday afternoon at 3:07 pm EDT in either St. Louis or Atlanta, depending on which team wins tonight's Wild Card one-off between the Cardinals and Braves at 5:00 pm EDT in Turner Field. Game two of the NLDS will take place on Monday in either Turner Field or Busch Stadium at 4:37 pm EDT. Still no start time announced for the first game in the nation's capital which will take place on Wednesay in Nationals Park. The Nats did learn, however, as the Washington Times' Amanda Comak wrote on Twitter, that they'll have Joe West's crew umpiring the Division Series wherever it's played:

A quick search through the FBb archives revealed that West was actually the umpire who tossed Davey Johnson in the manager's first ejection of the season in 2011... uh... and Marvin Hudson was the first umpire to toss the Nats' 69-year-old skipper this season, but that's all in the past. It's the postseason now. The Nationals still haven't announced the roster for the first round of the playoffs, but they do have to wait to see whether they're facing the Cards or Braves before they can decided what they're going to need. According to what Davey Johnson said during the last few press conferences of the regular season, the Nats planned to work out today, watch tonight's NL Wild Card game and then leave for the site of the NLDS opener tomorrow. More news sure to follow. Until there's something new it's links and lots of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!!!!:


• "To a man, the Nationals believe Manager Davey Johnson played a crucial role in lifting them to the division title." - "Davey Johnson will have edge over Mike Matheny or Fredi Gonzalez in NLDS" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal


• "N -- Natitude: The Nationals' marketing department introduced this made-up word as the motto for the 2012 season, and despite much mocking, the Nationals laughed all the way to the best record in the National League..." - "2012 MLB playoffs -- The facts from A to Z - espnW" - Amanda Rykoff, ESPNW

• "Even without Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals will have little problem disposing of the defending World Series champions..." - "FRIDAY FIVE: Postseason Predictions" - Ken Davidoff, New York Post

• "Down three games to one to the New York Giants in the World Series, the Washington Senators were in a fix Oct. 7, 1933." - "D.C. was different place last time Washington played in postseason" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "If you had asked me six weeks ago whether Harper had a legitimate shot at the National League Rookie of the Year award, my answer would have been no." - "Nationals Pastime: Gonzalez takes home an award; could Harper be next?" - Dan Kolko,

• "And for the next week (and perhaps the entire month) there's going to be no bigger event in town than Nationals playoff games." - "D.C.'s arrival as a baseball town" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Charlie Slowes has been calling games on the Nationals Radio Network since Major League Baseball returned to D.C. in 2005." - "Longtime Nationals broadcaster looks forward to playoffs" - Ben Raby,

• "Nationals manager Davey Johnson is not going to let slip his postseason roster a moment sooner than necessary." - "Johnson playing Nationals' playoff roster close" - Brian McNally,

• "Even Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa admitted recently that the Nationals haven't swung the bats well in recent weeks." - "Braves or Cards? For Washingon Nationals, it doesn't matter" - Bill Ladson, News

• "I thought I was never going to fall for the Washington Nationals. But the team holds the best record in baseball..." - "Baseball in October Is the Ultimate Productivity Buster" - Hal Singer, Forbes

• "The Nationals don’t know yet if they will be facing the Atlanta Braves or the St. Louis Cardinals, but they know they will play afternoon games for the opening two contests." - "First two Nationals playoff game times announced" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "The Nationals have had a great year, and Davey Johnson has done an incredible job, but a good pitching staff can bust them inside and they won't hit at all..." - "MLB scouts: Tigers tough to beat; Nats may fall flat" - USA TODAY

• "Holden & Danny's Nationals Playoff Manifesto 1. The wave has to go 2. The hype team needs to pipe down 3. N-A-T-S should go too..." - "Holden & Danny’s Nationals Playoff Manifesto" - DCNatitude

• "The journey is only just beginning, though, and The Washington Times’ special section has you covered for everything you want to know about about the 2012 Playoffs." - "Special Section: Nationals Postseason 2012" - Washington Times

• "This means that Game 1 will start sometime just after halftime of the Redskins-Falcons game, leaving some fans with a decision to make or a need to have a quick remote trigger finger." - "Nationals Pastime: Times for Games 1 and 2 of NLDS are set" - Dan Kolko,

• "There isn't a single regular with an OPS over .853, but Washington's seventh-best hitter, second baseman Danny Espinosa, still has a .717 OPS and 17 home runs." - "Baseball playoff preview" - Brian McNally,

• "[Gio] Gonzalez was humble when talking about pitching in the first postseason game by a Washington-based team since 1933." - "Gio has lots of support heading into first postseason" - Bill Ladson, News

• "So there's no Stephen Strasburg, this we know already. That won't stop manager Davey Johnson from mercilessly attacking his opponents with what he has left..." - "MLB Playoffs 2012 preview: American League and National League" - David Lengel,

• "The Warren Spahn Award is given by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and Jim Thorpe Association." - "Gio Gonzalez wins Warren Spahn Award" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Nats are so well-regarded now that nobody mentions them alongside the A's and Orioles, two upstarts that started OK but finished better." - "The no-fluke Nats have the most talent and will win the World Series" - Jon Heyman, News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice

• "Over 12 starts since the Braves moved him into the rotation July 31, Medlen has transformed into one of baseball’s elite right-handed pitchers with numbers almost too lopsided to be believed." - "Kris Medlen, Braves ace, a quirk in progress" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "With Sunday's first game of the National League Division Series, it's clear that 2012 has been pretty special for the Nationals for so many reasons." - "By the numbers: 2012 Nationals set high marks" - Byron Kerr,

• "Then we have the Washington Nationals. It was only three years ago this club lost 103 games, a year after losing 102." - "New format brings new excitement" - David Schoenfield, SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

• "That’s good news for the Nationals, given 5-to-1 odds to advance to the World Series by a number of oddsmakers including Vegas Insider and Bovada." - "Nationals in wait-and-see mode on NL Division Series opponent" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "The Nationals, officially, have known they'll be competing in the postseason for two full weeks now, so they've had plenty of time to consider their 25-man October roster." - "Assembling a postseason roster" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The District of Columbia will spend at least $65,000 and as much as $76,000 per Nationals playoff game to provide extra security and traffic control around the stadium." - "D.C. will spend $65K on playoff game staffing" -

•"Gio Gonzalez is one of the leading National League Cy Young Award candidates, but for now, the Nationals left-hander can claim a different honor." - "Gio Gonzalez wins Warren Spahn Award as MLB's top lefty starter" - Andrew Simon, News

• "Here are two names most Nationals fans likely don't know: Jim Cuddihy, the executive vice president of programming for MASN, and Chris Kinard, the program director at 106.7 the Fan." - "Jim Williams: MASN, 106.7 the Fan have big plans for Nationals in postseason" - Jim Williams,

• "Who will be this year's Freese? Here's my sleeper pick: Adam LaRoche of the Nationals." - "100 reasons to watch the MLB postseason" - David Schoenfield, SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

• "The Nationals will play the winner of tonight's one-game wild card playoff between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at 3:07 p.m. on TBS." - "NLDS Game 1 & 2 times announced" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "I've often said it's important that we as sportswriters be held accountable for what we write." - "Revisiting Opening Day predictions" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "After leading the majors with a 98-64 record this season, the NL East champion Washington Nationals are heading into the playoffs with a young core of players new to this sort of thing." - "Many key Nationals will be making playoff debuts" - Howard Fendrich, AP/

• "Even without Strasburg, I love the Nationals' rotation, I think their lineup is very underrated..." - "Looks like Nationals vs. A's in the World Series. And the winner is ..." - Larry Stone, The Seattle Times

• "Among the managers of the current playoff teams, no one gets tabbed with the 'old school' label more than [Davey] Johnson." - "October Baseball 2012: Managers Under the Microscope" - Matthew Futterman,

• "The Nationals played seven forgettable, regrettable seasons in Washington before establishing themselves among the majors’ best teams this year." - "SNYDER: Nationals actually had quick rise to postseason" - Deron Snyder, Washington Times

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• "Teddy Roosevelt chats about winning the Presidents Race at Nationals Park..." - "Teddy Roosevelt chats about winning the Presidents Race at Nationals Park" - The Washington Post

• "When D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams donned an old Washington Senators hat and announced in September 2004 that Major League Baseball was returning to the District, there was euphoria." - "Old Orioles fans have adopted Natitude" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "Remember way back in the spring when we found out the Washington Nationals wanted us to Ignite our Natitude?" - "The Nats players and coaches really bailed out Andy Feffer on 'Natitude'" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "The half-baked playoff system that Major League Baseball came up with this year means the Nats will take to the road for two games in either Atlanta or St. Louis before coming home for only one guaranteed game." - "The folly of baseball's new playoff system" - Nationals Buzz: Marty Niland,

• "This Date in Washington Senators History – ’24 Senators even the World Series 1-1" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "With Teddy Roosevelt’s historic win coming on a weekday afternoon, it’s likely most fans at home found out via social media, highlight shows, and websites such as this, and not the live game broadcast." - "Video: Teddy’s victory inning as called on MASN" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "While you're sitting around waiting for seems as good a time as any to raise your hand if you pegged the Nats as a second place, 86 win team." - "Is it Sunday yet?" - Nats Enquirer

• "We know how the local media thinks (or hopes) the Nats will fare, but what are other people saying?" - "Morning Pixels: Some Nats predictions" - Sarah Kogod, D.C. Sports Bog, Washington Post

• "Is the tension killing you? Just wait until you get to an actual game." - "Playoff Baseball in 3, 2..." - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "For the first time in the game’s history the league will hold their two wild card play-in games to determine which teams get to play the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals in their respective leagues." - "Preview of Tonight's Wild Card Round" - William Yoder, The Nats Blog


• "10 numbers for the Cardinals-Braves wild card" - Alex Remington, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

Braves: "Kris Medlen is 5’9 and for the last few months has been the best pitcher in baseball." - "Meet Kris Medlen, Baseball's Best Pitcher" - Ray Glier,

Mets: "Put it in the books. For the sixth-straight year, the Mets failed to reach the postseason and for the fourth-straight year they've finished under .500..." - "Keep ‘em Dump ‘em" - NY Daily News

Marlins: "Will Jeffrey Loria fire Ozzie Guillen? Only Loria knows." - "Sources: Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria mulling decision on manager Ozzie Guillen" - Clark Spencer,

Phillies: "But less than 24 hours after the Philies season ended, the staff has been given a facelift, including adding a Hall of Famer to the bench." - "Sandberg promoted to Phillies staff" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News