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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals All-Star Rewind - Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg And Gio Gonzalez In KC.


• Sure, Bryce Harper lost a fly ball in the lights and let it drop into the left field grass for a single, but as he said, at least it didn't hit him on his head. Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez threw scoreless innings. The Washington Nationals represented at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and there was even chatter about the mid-summer classic coming to the nation's capital in the not-too-distant future. Now all Nats fans have to do is wait until Friday night when baseball that really, really counts starts up again with the first game of a four-game set in Miami, Florida's Marlins Park with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound against Fish right-hander Josh Johnson. Two days until the second-half of the 2012 season starts... Until then, links and lots of them from the ASG... starting... RIGHT NOW!!!!

• THE BIG STORY!!! (Today in Two Parts):

• "'We are in the middle of very intense discussions,' [Bud] Selig said during a luncheon with the Baseball Writers Association of America. 'Very intense. That’s all I can tell you at the moment.'" - "Bud Selig says Nationals, Orioles remains in ‘very intense discussion’ over MASN contract" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'But just make sure I know: You’re gonna be pitching Game 1 of the World Series if the Nationals get there, aren’t you?'" -- "'Well, they’re gonna have to rip the ball out of my hands, that’s all I can say,' Strasburg answered." - "Stephen Strasburg: Nats will have to rip the ball out of my hands" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post


• "Allowing anyone other than the manager and his coaches to influence the nonstarting rosters is a travesty. -- Enter the selection of Bryce Harper as a replacement in this year's game." - "Schmidt: All-Star problems, but no easy solutions" - Mike Schmidt,

• "The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball’s new schedule format for 2013." - "Interleague rivalry games reduced" - Ronald Blum, AP/Washington Times

• "[Bryce] Harper made an impression with his custom-made, gold Under Armour cleats. 'I just told them, ‘I want as much gold on there as I can,’ Harper said." - "Nationals make memorable connections at the All-Star Game" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The 2013 All-Star Game will be held at Citi Field in New York. The 2014 game is expected to be at Minnesota’s Target Field, an American League park. The Nationals may then be next in line..." - "Washington a possibility for MLB's 2015 All-Star Game" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Prospects: Ask BA" - Jim Callis,

• "Midseason report card: Offense" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The Nationals' contingent has played a part in things, as well, as Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg each delivered a scoreless frame in relief of [Matt] Cain." - "Nationals Pastime: Nats factor into National League victory in All-Star Game (updated)" - Dan Kolko,

• "The only hangup has been a desire for more commercial development around the ballpark, a process that was stalled by a poor economy." - "D.C. is frontrunner for '15 All-Star Game" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "When [Davey] Johnson belted 43 homers in 1973 with the Braves, I was proud. That was back in the day when it was a weekly routine for stats of all the players to be printed in the Sunday Sports page." - "Dave on Davey: From O's to Nats, a long journey" - Dave Johnson,

• "'Our pitching coach, Rusty Filter, gets credit for what Stras did on the mound,' [Tony] Gwynn said. 'I didn't do much to make him what he became.'" - "Gwynn talks hitting, Strasburg" - Lyle Spencer, News

• "When asked the possibility of playing the [All-Star Game] at Nationals Park, [Bryce] Harper even suggested he had heard rumblings of the game coming to the nation’s capital in 2015." - "Bryce Harper compares himself and Mike Trout to Bird and Magic, Gio Gonzalez plays DJ, Stephen Strasburg kicks back" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "That's terrible. Isn't he like 46? That's brutal!" - "Cut 4: Bryce Harper disapproves of Kevin Millar's highlights" - News

• "Washingtonians are bred to be skeptical, though. Maybe it's all the politicians in town and campaign promises that are broken as soon as elections end." - "Rick Snider: Starting to be a believer in the Nats" - Rick Snider,

• "Handed the ball for the bottom of the fourth inning with his team up eight runs, [Stephen] Strasburg went to work against four of the most fearsome hitters he'll ever face in succession..." - "Instant analysis: NL 8, AL 0" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "But [Ian] Desmond made the gutsiest of choices. He had the big picture in mind. The Nationals are on a quest for their first NL East pennant since their arrival in D.C. in 2005." - "Desmond's sacrifice a prime example of Nationals' real focus" - Byron Kerr,

• "Bryce Harper, always a starter, delighted in being on the bench and talking baseball with Chipper Jones." - "Nats' All-Stars not looking too far ahead after NL's win" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "For [Ted] Lerner, the event is the cap to the best season, by far, since he bought the team in 2006." - "Nationals owner Ted Lerner takes in the All-Star Game" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Do the Nats let go one of the veterans and risk the team chemistry taking a bit of a hit? Do they sacrifice defense for offense and let a strong defender in [Rick] Ankiel go?" - "Nationals Pastime: Finding roster room for Storen, Tracy" - Dan Kolko,

• "'No comment on that one,' [Gio] Gonzalez said with an impish grin. 'I'm just going to smile about it and wave. That's it.'" - Gio on possibility of Nats having home field advantage in WS - "An eventful All-Star win for Nats" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Where does Washington's impressive first half of the season fall among the best storylines so far in 2012?" - "Top Five: MLB storylines of the first half" - Jeffrey Tomik,

• "In typical fashion, Bryce Harper was at the center of some notable moments. In typical fashion, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg put up zeros." - "Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper help NL beat AL in All-Star Game" - Matthew Leach, News

• "There's no major need to acquire a Zach Greinke or another big-name starter, and some of the mid-level names getting tossed around wouldn't be far superior to [John] Lannan." - "Nationals Pastime: We're talkin' trade" - Dan Kolko,

• "Matt Cain came over to ask Bryce Harper if he had a Nationals hat he could sign in exchange for Cain's signed Giants' cap, and then told Harper he was about to go sell it..." - "A few notes as the Nationals took in Day 2 of the All-Star festivities" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Everything here was a reflection of the times. Players asked what it’s like to play in Nats Park, even about little things like the curly ‘W.’ They want to know all about our team now,' [Strasburg] said." - "All-Star Game 2012: Nats’ trio shows there may yet be more in store" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "Nats reflect on their All-Star experience" - Mark Zuckerman,

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Class-A Hagerstown: "Centerfielder Brian Goodwin scored two runs on three hits, including two doubles." - "Suns Hold On to Defeat Grasshoppers, 9-7" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "P-Nats Fans, outfielder Randolph Oduber has been selected as one of the 64 best names in Minor League Baseball for the 6th annual Moniker Madness contest." - "Vote Randolph Oduber in Moniker Madness" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "VOTE ZECH!!" - Moniker Madness,

Double-A Harrisburg: "Chris Rahl added to what has been a powerful start to the season by winning the home run derby at the Eastern League All-Star festivities in Reading, Pa., Tuesday night." - "Rahl wins Eastern League home run derby; Wang starts Friday for Harrisburg" - Byron Kerr,

• "Wednesday’s News & Notes" -


• "Last night at the 83rd annual Midsummer Classic, the National League put a beating on the American League, and three Washington Nationals were right in the middle of all the fun." - "The Nationals All-Stars Made The Game Entertaining" - Erin Flynn, The Nats Blog

• "The Nats are doing well but poor Teddy remains the lovable loser." - "Bad Teddy" - Karen and Kevin Flynn, D.C. Baseball History

• "In a recent Q&A on the MLBlogsNetwork Curly W Live, Bryce Harper mentioned that if he wasn’t a baseball player he would probably be a firefighter..." - "From 'let Cherrydale burn' to Bryce Harper" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "Video: Bryce Harper loses fly ball in the lights at ASG" - Nats Enquirer

• "The Nats are playoff bound, right? Can we all agree that's the most likely scenario from where the Nats are right now?" - "Worst Case Scenario" - Harper, Nationals Baseball


Mets: "The Mets’ good feelings of the All-Star break took a hit Tuesday when the team placed starting pitcher Dillon Gee on the 15-day disabled list because of a clot in an artery in his right shoulder." - "Mets' Gee on DL after clot broken up; Collins ‘really nervous’" - Ken Davidoff and Kevin Kernan,

Braves: "Chipper Jones, in town for Tuesday night’s All-Star game, needs just three RBIs to surpass Brett (1,596)." - "Chipper in George Brett’s town; who is 2nd-best 3B ever?" - David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marlins: "The centerpiece of Wednesday night's season premier of Showtime's reality series "The Franchise" features a scene in which struggling closer Heath Bell confronts Ozzie Guillen..." - "Miami Marlins: Quirky star power on display in 'The Franchise'" - Craig Davis, South Florida

Phillies: "Jonathan Papelbon was the 11th pitcher of the night and asked to seal a rout by recording one out, but there was still meaning for the Phillies closer." - "National League wins Major League Baseball All-Star Game, 8-0" - Matt Gelb,