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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann Takes On The Mets In Digital Domain.

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March 12, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
March 12, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Jordan Zimmermann's start against the New York Mets this afternoon is available on (FREE GAME OF THE DAY!!) so you won't miss the Nats' 25-year-old right-hander throwing in Grapefruit League action this time. The other big news this morning is that recently-signed 1B/OF Xavier Nady is getting some work at first base this afternoon, which is apparently the lineup "surprise" Nats' skipper Davey Johnson told reporters to wait for when the lineup was announced today. The celebrity Nats, who were featured on MLB's 30 Clubs in 30 Days last night, are bringing the rest of their starting infield with them to Port St. Lucie's Digital Domain Park so the top of their lineup looks like the one that will open the season. Desi, Espi, Zim, Werth and Rhino (that's Wilson Ramos) are 1-5 today, and it's FREE? + Jordan Zimmermann? What more could you want? How's about some links? RIGHT NOW!!!!


• "'I thrive when I have a routine,' said [Stephen] Strasburg, one of the rare young players who prefers the endless repetitions of pro life with its promise of tiny improvement each day." - "Stephen Strasburg, all grown up and ready to go for the Nationals" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post


• "A group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten agreed Tuesday night to buy the Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion." - "Magic Johnson group to buy Dodgers for record $2B" - Ronald Blum, AP/Washington Times

• "[Stan Kasten] was a critical part of rebuilding the Expos franchise once it moved to D.C..." - "Former Nationals president Kasten part of group that will buy Dodgers" - Byron Kerr,

• "Though McCourt technically had the right to sell to whomever he pleased, make no mistake this transaction was orchestrated by Bud Selig." - "Kasten heads to Hollywood" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The Kasten-Johnson partnership will help extricate the Dodgers, one of baseball’s most revered franchises, from the mess created by previous owner Frank McCourt’s divorce and financial misadventures." - "Dodgers set to be sold for $2 billion to group including Stan Kasten, Magic Johnson" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "[Brad] Lidge has put up 223 career saves over his 10-year career, and his 41-save season in 2008 played a major role in the Phillies run to the World Series." - "Looks like Lidge is back in peak form" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Rick] Ankiel has been dealing with a left quad issue for much of the spring and he's been undergoing extensive massage treatments on the area." - "Healthy Brad Lidge has been impressing, plus other notes from the Nationals' 3-1 loss to the Marlins" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Perhaps most important, the 35-year-old's fastball velocity was consistently in the 91-92 mph range according to the stadium radar gun." - "Lidge ready to close if needed" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'There’s nothing prohibiting me from throwing inside or outside, throwing sliders wherever,' Lidge said earlier this spring." - "With Brad Lidge, the Nationals seem to be in good hands" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Injury problems have limited Brad Lidge's opportunities in Spring Training in recent years, but he is making the most of it this time around." - "Healthy Lidge enjoying spring with Nats" - Anthony Chiang, News

• "[Davey] Johnson said he thought [Gio] Gonzalez was a bit too 'frisky' in the first inning today, causing the 26-year-old to miss his spots and allow four baserunners and three runs." - "Mid-game adjustments help Gonzalez finish strong" - Dan Kolko,

• "Xavier Nady, the versatile veteran the Nationals signed to a minor league deal on March 18, is in the Nationals' lineup today, hitting seventh and playing first base." - "Xavier Nady in Nationals' starting lineup at first base" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'The first couple of innings, I thought Gio [Gonzalez] was overthrowing,' said manager Davey Johnson. 'I think he felt crisper but he was overthrowing a little bit...'" - "Gio struggles early but settles in as Nats fall to Marlins" - Craig Heist,

• "The Nationals’ Roger Bernardina, another left-handed hitter, also is the kind of player who would fit for the Braves, assuming the Nats were willing to trade him within the division." - "Notes from spring training" - Ken Rosenthal, Yardbarker

• "'There's no secret I really like watching [Steve] Lombardozzi play,' [Davey]Johnson said. 'But in reality, No. 1, I'm looking for who can help us if [Michael] Morse is not here...'" - "Nats like Lombardozzi's bat, versatility" - Anthony Chiang, News

• "For this season, the Nationals have a scheduling quirk that should benefit them but, ultimately, may end up working against them." - "The Nationals schedule starts easy, which could makes things hard" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "[Drew] Storen, who has pitched in two games all spring, seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list. But his throwing session yesterday provided promise..." - "Drew Storen ‘pain-free’ after playing catch, could throw off mound later this week" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Seeing [Steve] Lombardozzi in left field, as he was Tuesday during the Nationals’ 3-1 loss to the Marlins, certainly is more likely than the backup catcher shedding his gear for a corner infield spot." - "Johnson aims to put Lombardozzi's versatility to use and get him at-bats" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Nationals third baseman Mark DeRosa walked over to [Gio] Gonzalez in the third inning and told him, 'You're rushing a little bit, you're flying open.'" - "Gonzalez's latest adjustment pays off" - Anthony Chiang, News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "We often talk about moral values, justice and trust, but the important thing is to put them into effect in our everyday lives."


• "I’d like to discuss a Washington baseball tradition that, unfortunately, in my opinion, has been lost 'in the sands of time.'" - "Opening Day in Washington 'Throwing Out the First Ball'" - George Case III, D.C. Baseball History

• "There's nothing like the final week before the beginning of the regular season. Every baseball fan's hopes, while guarded, are likely as high as they will be the entire season." - "Five Bold Predictions For The Nats In 2012" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Comparing starting pitchers is even tougher than the position players, not because it’s hard to know who’s best, but because it’s a little subjective to name the #2 or 3 guy for a team." - "2012 NL East Rankings Part 2: The Pitchers" - The Nationals Review

• "Roger [Bernadina] has been playing like he was reaped from an outlying district, paraded around in a flaming uniform, and then forced to destroy anyone who gets in his way." - "The Sharker Games: Catching Fire" - Sharkadina

• "The Nationals battles are all but decided with only a handful of players still in limbo (Michaels/Carroll, Stammen/Gorzelanny)." - "Viera Superlatives" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "I know listening to other people talk about their fantasy teams is the worstestest but it does hold some interest in seeing how the Nats are being valued." - "Fantasy draft Nats" - Harper, Nationals Baseball


Mets: "R.A. Dickey already knows it will be a long day." - "R.A. Dickey's Startling Revelations; Mets Pitcher Explains Decision To Write About Sexual Abuse" - Ed Coleman, CBS New York

Marlins: "Chris Coghlan, a man of major-league accomplishment and religious faith, promises he isn’t sweating the final roster cuts he knows are coming soon." - "Miami Marlins’ Chris Coghlan unfazed about roster" - Cory Nightengale,

Braves: "Buddy Carlyle wanted to show Braves officials he’s there if they need him this season, and the genial journeyman accomplished that with four crisp innings Tuesday’s 7-5 win against the Mets." - "Carlyle shines in cameo, hopes for callback during season" - David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Phillies: "At this time last year, casual Phillies fans likely wondered, 'Who's John Mayberry Jr.?'" - "Five Questions with John Mayberry Jr." - Zach Berman,