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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Weekend In Review, Jordan Zimmermann Start No.2.

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February 23, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) takes a moment to pose for a photograph with the Sirianni family after his workout at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
February 23, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) takes a moment to pose for a photograph with the Sirianni family after his workout at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Another Jordan Zimmermann start, another game that isn't being broadcast anywhere. If you want to see the Washington Nationals' 25-year-old right-hander you'll have to travel to Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida to watch him live. The Nationals have a lineup behind Zimmermann today that looks like it could be the Opening Day lineup in April (well, maybe for the top six, and w/ Wilson Ramos as C). 1. Ian Desmond - SS; 2. Danny Espinosa - SS; 3. Ryan Zimmerman - 3B; 4. Michael Morse - DH; 5. Adam LaRoche - 1B; 6. Jayson Werth - CF; 7. Jesus Flores - C; 8. Roger Bernadina - C; 9. Corey Brown. Washington will also make the first round of cuts this afternoon at some point before the 1:05 pm EDT start of today's game. Who's going to get cut today? There aren't too many position battles going on, this is more about bench jobs and maybe a spot in the outfield, or will they just part ways with the minor leaguers currently in Spring Training? Here's what everyone around NatsTown was writing about this weekend. LINKS, RIGHT NOW!!!...


• "[Davey] Johnson said [Michael] Morse could return to the lineup as a designated hitter as early as tomorrow, but he did not know for sure." - "Michael Morse receives cortisone shot, Bryce Harper will not play tomorrow" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post


• "When [Gio] Gonzalez was asked if he thought he might be in line to start the Nationals' April 5 opener in Chicago against the Cubs, he tried to deflect the question..." - "Gonzalez's start that wasn't was pretty impressive" - Pete Kerzel,

• "A well-traveled man? That doesn't seem to do Edwin Jackson justice." - "Video: Jackson's long road to D.C." - Kelli Johnson,

• "[Gio] Gonzalez was superb against the St. Louis Cardinals, needing just 51 pitches to get through four innings before rain halted the game in the middle of the fourth with the Nationals up 1-0." - "Gio Gonzalez in the mix for Nationals' season opener?" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Nationals left fielder Michael Morse plans to return to action Monday as the designated hitter against the Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium." - "Morse looking to play Monday vs. Cardinals" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "'There were a couple of things I wanted to work on,' [Gio] Gonzalez said. 'I was glad that Wilson [Ramos] did a great job of changing it up, working on that fastball, curveball, change-up...'" - "Gio works four but Nats-Cardinals canceled" - Craig Heist,

• "As his entourage hollered from around the stadium, [Gio] Gonzalez did not disappoint. He fired four scoreless, two-hit innings against the St. Louis Cardinals..." - "Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez feels right at home in Florida" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "After two pedestrian years at the University of Kentucky, Meyer really impressed in his junior year, going 7-5 with a 2.94 ERA, a very low mark going up against metal bats in the SEC..." - "Down On The Farm: Alex Meyer" - Curly W Live

• "But because it is Sunday morning and we are running on one fewer hour of sleep and Phillies camp has been relatively drama-free, let's take a quick look at how Strasburg-Gonzalez-Zimmermann match-up with Halladay/Lee/Hamels." - "Fact-checking Davey Johnson" - David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News

• "Extension Candidate: Drew Storen" - Dan Mennella,

• "[Chien-Ming] Wang’s command 'obviously wasn’t there,' Johnson said, but the Nationals are more interested in his arm strength at this point.'" - "Nationals pleased with Chien-Ming Wang after start" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'Rick (Eckstein) and I have been working with (Morse) every since I got here,' Johnson said. '8He's right on track.'" - "Michael Morse has cortisone shot plus updates on Harper, Ankiel and Paul" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Michael] Morse was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore right lat muscle, and has been trying to work through the problem since then." - "Updates on Morse, Ankiel, Harper" - Pete Kerzel,

• "This is not a trend that is exclusive to the Nationals, of course, but it is indicative that the focus in this spring training is unmatched." - "Nationals' pitching camp demonstrating 'championship atmosphere'" - Byron Kerr,

• "You are one of many fans who would like to see [Steve] Lombardozzi get a chance in the outfield. That is not going to happen." - "Bill Ladson answers Nats fans' questions" - Bill Ladson, News

• "The Nationals were prepared to treat Wang as if he was any other pitcher this spring and, thus far, they've been able to basically do that..." - "Chien-Ming Wang strong in first start" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Gio Gonzalez was the only Nationals pitcher to take the mound on Sunday, and he extended his scoreless innings streak to seven this spring." - "Gio Gonzalez extended his scoreless innings streak against the Cardinals" - Jenifer Langosch, News

• "Can [Michael] Morse figure it out? Can he do it again? First things first, he will have to put his strained lat behind him." - "Will Michael Morse do it again?" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "[Brett] Carroll and [Jason] Michaels are going to be in a dogfight right down to the wire for another job. Harper is clinging to some hopes of crashing the dance as Cinderella." - "Projecting the roster ... March Madness style" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "[Chad] Tracy slugged 27 homers with the Diamondbacks in 2005, and then hit 20 more the next season. Since then, however, his at-bats and power numbers have declined." - "Tracy getting opportunity to crack opening day roster" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Gio] Gonzalez's success has him in the running to take the mound when the Nationals open the regular season against the Cubs on April 5." - "Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is drawing rave early reviews this spring" - David Villavicencio, News

• "[Gio] Gonzalez pitched four scoreless innings Sunday afternoon in front of about 20 family members and friends..." - "Gio Gonzalez continues stellar spring with family on hand" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'It got to the point where I was saying to Molina, 'Here's a fastball. Hit it. Please. Let's end this inning, I'm drenched over here,' Gonzalez joked later.'" - "Nationals-Cardinals halted after four but Gonzalez sharp" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Just a few lockers to the left is Bryce Harper, baseball's top prospect. Almost directly across from Ankiel sits Stephen Strasburg, the game's best young pitcher." - "Mets notebook: Nationals' Ankiel feels 'free and easy'" - Jon Santucci,


• "Davey Johnson, looking to keep a sharkplug in the 4-3 Nationals, started the Shark again today." - "Spring Shark Domination" - Sharkadina

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• "Washington Nationals Spring Training Postcards: Photos from March 11 Game" - Cheryl Nichols, District Sports Page

• "The date was Saturday, March 11, 1961, and the expansion version of the Washington Senators — a group of draftees and free agents that had replaced the original franchise in Washington – faced off against the Kansas City Athletics..." - "This Day in D.C. Baseball History – The New Washington Senators" - Jim Hartley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Strasburg dominated his first two innings in front of an away crowd that was more than receptive to his talent and potential." - "Stephen Strasburg Wows In Second Start, Adds New Depth To Arsenal" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Nats Rained Out After Four Innings" -

• "See you patrolling CF at Nationals Park in 2013, kid?" - "Eury Perez owns Justin Verlander!" - Nats Enquirer

• "While he has had 15 and 16 wins in his last two seasons, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not Gonzalez was actually worth as much as was paid for him." - "Gonzalez Impresses Before Game Called" - Keara Dowd, Win For Teddy

• "From a horrendous 5.00 team ERA in 2009, down to 4.13 in 2010, and then to seventh best in the majors in 2011 with a 3.58 team ERA..." - "Can Steve McCatty Make Gio Gonzalez Elite?" - Patrick Hilley, The Nats Blog

• "Nats Rule-5 lossee Spring Training Update pt 1" - Todd Boss, Nationals Arm Race

• "While he has had 15 and 16 wins in his last two seasons, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not Gonzalez was actually worth as much as was paid for him." - "Gonzalez Impresses Before Game Called" - Keara Dowd, Win For Teddy

• "It was the start of a long minor league career for Hulen. In 1895 he batted .369 for the Minneapolis Millers. This caught the attention of the scouts and he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies..." - "This Day in D.C. Baseball History – The Early Years" - Karen and Kevin Flynn, D.C. Baseball History

• "In past incarnations of Nationals Spring Trainings, the fans have been treated to cattle call after cattle call to try and fill out a somewhat competent rotation with which to start the season." - "Rotation Roundabout" - Mac, Capitol Baseball


Phillies: "Sam Harris on Statistical Concepts" - Joe Rogan Experience via Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Mets: "Don’t hold your breath waiting for David Wright’s return — or for the Mets to avoid making injury news." - "Mets’ David Wright returning to New York today to visit doctors about sore ribs" - Dan Martin,

Braves: "Braves Pitcher Arodys Vizcaino Sidelined With Elbow Injury" - gondeee, Talking Chop

Marlins: "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton left today’s game in the top of the third innning after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch." - "Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton leaves games after being hit by pitch | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins" - Joe Capozzi, The Palm Beach Post

Phillies/Nats: "[Stephen] Strasburg, obviously, generates fantastic velocity and movement. [Gio] Gonzalez has always had electric pitches he's struggled to harness." - "The Nationals, The Phillies, And Stuff" - Jeff Sullivan, Baseball Nation

Mets: "David Wright was sent back to New York to get a cortisone shot for his rib injury, one of five Mets sidelined with 'core' injuries." - "Kevin Kernan on Johan Santana making amazing progress for Mets" - Kevin Kernan,

Marlins: "Of all the players looking for a bounceback year -- Buster Posey of the Giants, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, Jason Heyward of the Braves, etc. -- no player can transform the National League pennant race like [Hanley] Ramirez." - "Hanley Ramirez giving Miami Marlins yet another reason for optimism" - Tom Verducci -