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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Win Fourth Straight, Chien-Ming Wang vs Blue Jays Tonight.

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In Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Nats' outfielder Roger "The Shark" Bernadina came through with a ninth-inning RBI double that scored Bryce Harper all the way from first and gave the Washington Nationals a 4-3 lead over Boston in the finale of the three-game series in Fenway Park. "I thought he played a heck of a ballgame," Davey Johnson told reporters, "He swung the bat good against [Jon] Lester. I mean, he got a base hit off a breaking ball off [Lester] and he's been swinging the bat pretty good here lately, so you're going to see more of him, probably in Toronto." The Shark started in center for the first game of the Nats' three-game series with the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre, but after he walked in his second at bat, Bernadina was injured trying to go first-to-third™ on a wild pitch from Jays' reliever Chad Beck. The Shark slid safely into third, but left the game with a leg injury, later diagnosed as a hamstring strain. "We don't know," Davey Johnson told reporters after the game, "The trainers think it's not a severe pull. We're going to see how he recovers tomorrow before we do anything on the roster." It's another on a long list of injuries the Nationals have dealt with this season, and another blow for an outfielder who seems to have something go wrong every time a window of opportunity opens. Bernadina said he felt better after the game. No word as of noon today if he'll be able to play or if the Nats will have to make another move before the second of three with Toronto tonight... No luck for the Shark, but lots of links for you... RIGHT NOW!!!


• "'I couldn’t bend my knee when it happened, but now it’s okay,' Bernadina said." - "Roger Bernadina leaves with hamstring strain" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post


• "2. The Nationals, with an MLB-best 2.98 ERA, held the Red Sox to a .208 batting average during a three-game sweep at Fenway Park over the weekend." - "2012 MLB Baseball Power Rankings Week 11" - ESPN

• "The pain, coming from a strained right hamstring, was so great Bernadina felt he couldn't even bend his knee as the Nationals' trainers attempted to help him off the field." - "Roger Bernadina leaves game with right hamstring strain" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals' injury list keeps growing. This time it's Roger Bernadina who will spend some time in the trainer's room..." - "Nationals Pastime: Bernadina leaves with strained right hamstring (Nats rock Blue Jays)" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Roger] Bernadina, who was on first after drawing a one-out walk, made it all the way to third but was in obvious agony after getting to his feet after the headfirst slide." - "Bernadina strains hamstring vs. Blue Jays" - Chris Toman, News

• "Thing is, if you put together a list of the best outings by Nationals starters this season, [Edwin] Jackson would find himself right in the thick of things." - "Jackson quietly gets the job done" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Outfielder Bryce Harper rested for eight innings Sunday. Back in the lineup Monday, he picked up where he left off with an RBI single in the first inning that scored Steve Lombardozzi." - "Harper, like Trout, has energized Nationals' power play" - Byron Kerr,

• "The future of the Dodgers rests with Kasten, the new owners say. So knowing that, I wondered why he left the Washington Nationals." - "Dodgers' Stan Kasten spins it his way, leaves your head spinning" - T.J. Simers,

• "Davey's different. He's not looking for a hug or a next deal. That stuff USED to cross his mind plenty when he was with the Mets. But at 69 that's just not how his mind works now." - "Ask Boswell about all things Washington sports" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "In eight games since Michael Morse has returned from a two-month stay on the disabled list, he’s shown flashes of the slugger who hit 31 homers and drove in 95 runs in 2011." - "Morse's return unifies heart of Nationals' lineup" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Drew Storen threw off a mound Monday for the second time since undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, and there were no reported setbacks." - "Storen feels good after second mound session" - Chris Toman, News

• "The numbers alone are enough to leave [Danny] Espinosa shaking his head. But making this run even tougher to take is that he's always felt he's more adept at hitting from the left side." - "Nationals Pastime: Danny Espinosa's confounding left/right splits" - Dan Kolko,

• "The Nationals have held teams to an average of 3.29 runs during the slog through the East divisions. The Nationals have scored 4.3 runs per game, and just three of those 13 wins have come by one run." - "The Nationals are acing their schedule’s toughest test" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Tuesday's tilt consists of two pitchers with more losses than wins in Washington's Chien-Ming Wang (1-2, 5.11 ERA) and Toronto's Henderson Alvarez (3-5, 3.76)." - "Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays - June 12, 2012" - Jake Kaplan, Preview

• "Everything about the way Edwin Jackson goes about his business is relaxed, reserved and with a come-what-may attitude." - "Jackson gives another strong performance in Nationals' latest victory" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Michael] Morse played in just his 10th game this season after missing the first two months of the year recovering from an injured right lat muscle." - "Johnson likes Morse's presence in lineup" - Chris Toman, News

• "If a DL stint is needed, the logical candidate to replace Bernadina on the 25-man roster would be outfielder Corey Brown, who is still tearing it up at Triple-A Syracuse..." - "Nationals Pastime: Let's give Jackson a little love" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Davey] Johnson moved [Bryce] Harper from right field at the start of the game to center. Later, he told Harper he’d be moving back to right. 'I haven’t made friends with all those people in center yet," Harper replied, smiling.'" - "Nationals vs. Blue Jays: Edwin Jackson, Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche stake Washington to three-game lead in NL East" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'I don't keep up with the numbers, I just try to go out and help the team as much as I can,' [Edwin] Jackson said." - "Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays - June 11, 2012" - Chris Toman, WSH Recap

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Class-A Hagerstown: "Suns starting pitcher Christian Meza (4-1) earned the win in his first start of the season, pitching five shutout innings, allowing just three base runners (2 H, HBP) while striking out six." - "Suns Dominate Crawdads in 9-0 Clinic" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "The Winston-Salem Dash used a eight run second inning to cruise to a 15-4 win over the Potomac Nationals." - "Dash Smash P-Nats with Eight Run 2nd Inning" - Potomac Nationals News

• "The 23-year old [David] Freitas leads Carolina League backstops with a .282 average and has hit nine doubles, three homers and 22 RBIs in 46 games." - "Potomac's Freitas named starter for Carolina All-Star game" - Byron Kerr,

Triple-A Syracuse: "In the top of the sixth, however, Lehigh Valley's Michael Spidale led off with a bunt single that Maya attempted to field but injured himself in doing. Maya became the second Chief forced to leave the game with an injury." - "Chiefs drop 4-1 decision to IronPigs" - Syracuse Chiefs News

Triple-A Syracuse: "With the injury to Roger 'The Shark' Bernadina Brown might be on his way to join the big team again, but a move has not been made yet." - "Maya hurts ankle, Pigs take advantage" - Ben Meyers, The Auburn Citizen

• "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson,


• "Well, it's nearly 60 games into the season now, so I went back to see what my preseason predictions were, and unfortunately, I have not fared well so far." - "Revisiting some preseason predictions" - Nationals Buzz: Will Yoder,

• "So some Nats fan(s) hung a Nationals flag out of their hotel window at the Rogers Centre during Monday's Nationals-Blue Jays game." - "Ignite your Canatitude?" - Nats Enquirer

• "American League players drawn by Vic Johnson – Harvey Kuenn" - Jim Vankoski, D.C. Baseball History

• "[Edwin] Jackson cruised most of the night, using his fastball to set up a particularly nasty slider, getting the Blue Jays hitters to pound the ball into the Skydome turf." - "Washington Nationals Game 59 Review: Jackson goes eight strong in Nats win over Toronto" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "Guest report from Teddy Roosevelt’s out of town fan club" - Let Teddy Win!


Marlins: "'It took me two batters in to kind of get my rhythm and kind of get my tempo, but I threw good pitches when I needed to,' said [Josh] Johnson who improved to 4-4 and dropped his ERA to 4.27." - "Positive climate change as Miami Marlins open roof, defeat Boston Red Sox" - Manny Navarro,

Phillies: "The Dumbest Thing You’ll Read All Year" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Braves: "The Braves seriously don’t like Mondays: Their record fell to an inexplicable 0-9 on the first day of the week, and they've totaled just 14 runs in those nine games." - "Braves' Monday miseries continue with 3-0 loss to Yankees" - David O'Brien,

Mets: "Jason Bay will not buy into the notion he is washed up or even a fraction of the player he once was." - "Mets’ Bay still thinks he can turn it around" - Mike Puma,