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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Offense Wakes Up In Miami; Jordan Zimmermann's CG

Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson shook things up a bit with Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore getting into the lineup for the first time this season and both of the Nats' bench players played big roles in the 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Marc Serota

Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore got their first starts of the year last night in Miami and both of the Nats' bench players made the most of their opportunities. Lombardozzi was 2 for 5 with his second double of the year. Moore was 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBIs. "Tyler Moore needed to get on the board," Davey Johnson told reporters after the game. Johnson had texted Adam LaRoche earlier in the day to say he would get a rest last night so that Moore could make the start and though LaRoche, who was healthy, wanted to play he said he understood the need to get the Nats' bench players some at bats. The partially Goon'ed-up lineup combined for 16 hits and 10 runs against an overmatched Miami team and the Nationals broke the three-game losing streak that consisted of three-straight losses to the Atlanta Braves. The Nats have to hope that Dan Haren, who's struggled early but shown positive signs to those looking for them, can put together as strong a start as Jordan Zimmermann had last night. Game time 7:05 pm EST from Miami's Marlins Park. Davey Johnson did say that Adam LaRoche will be back in the lineup tonight. No word on Danny Espinosa, though the original reports said he'd likely return Wednesday at the earliest. Links and lots of them starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:


• "The Washington Nationals said Monday that they have invested in a major technology upgrade at their Southeast Washington ballpark that will improve Wi-Fi access for visitors and clear the way for fans to order hot dogs, beer and other goodies without ever leaving their seats." - "Washington Nationals upgrade Wi-Fi at ballpark" - Alan Blinder,


• "On Monday morning, Manager Davey Johnson sent LaRoche a text message telling him that he wanted to rest him, primarily to give second-year player Tyler Moore some at-bats." - "Davey Johnson rests Adam LaRoche to get Tyler Moore some playing time" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Adam] LaRoche said his back was feeling fine, and continuing to improve, when he got the word from Johnson that he planned to give him a day off." - "Adam LaRoche sits so Tyler Moore can get some playing time" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Manager Davey Johnson said yesterday that [Danny] Espinosa would likely miss a game or two. Steve Lombardozzi will get the start at second base with Espinosa out." - "Nationals Pastime: Espinosa and LaRoche not in Nats lineup vs. Marlins (updated)" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Danny] Espinosa will likely miss Tuesday's game as well. He's aiming to return for Wednesday's series finale but acknowledges he may need to wait until Friday night..." - "Espinosa hurting, LaRoche struggling" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "'The swelling has increased so much that everything has got extremely stiff,' [Danny] Espinosa said. 'The bruising is starting to settle ... all over my forearm and in my hand.'" - "Though bruised, Espinosa hopes to return this week" - Adam Berry, News

• "[Danny] Espinosa, the Nationals’ stalwart second baseman who rarely takes a day off, wasn’t in Monday’s lineup despite his hopes to return as soon as possible." - "Danny Espinosa’s hand, wrist stiff; he hopes for Wednesday return" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Danny] Espinosa said the Nationals’ flight from D.C. to Miami did not help his cause in trying to keep that swelling down, and he could feel it ballooning almost immediately after the team’s place ascended." - "Danny Espinosa's right wrist is swollen and stiff but he's hopeful he'll play Wednesday" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals went into Miami after a rough weekend series against the Braves, and they got back on track right out of the gates, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning and never looking back." - "Nationals Pastime: Just what the doctor ordered" - Dan Kolko,

• "It hasn't been a banner couple of weeks for Ryan Zimmerman, who in addition to committing three errors in the field entered this game with a .220 batting average and zero homers." - "Instant analysis: Nats 10, Marlins 3" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Washington has scored 21 runs in Zimmermann's starts, and he's 3-0 for the first time. The nine-inning complete game was his first." - "Zimmermann, Zimmerman lead Nats past Marlins, 10-3" - Steve Wine, AP/

• "'You look out on the field, and everybody has 42 on with no last name. It's just a special moment and a special day for baseball,' [Denard] Span said before the Nationals' series opener against the Marlins." - "Span says Jackie's impact reaches beyond baseball" - Adam Berry, News

• "When Bryce Harper crushed a home run into the second deck at Nationals Park last Wednesday, the crowd marveled at the distance and sheer power." - "Sixty years later, still feeling Mickey Mantle's clout in D.C." - Thom Loverro,

• "Never in his previous 84 big-league starts had [Jordan] Zimmermann been allowed to take the mound for the ninth inning." - "Zimmermann goes the distance in Nats win" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "But [Tyler] Moore made an impact with his first at-bat, connecting on a two-run single off Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc in the first inning, and he drove in another run on a double in his second at-bat." - "LaRoche sits to make room for Moore" - Adam Berry, News

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman said he first felt a cramp in his left hamstring when playing this weekend and has been getting treatment, ice and all." - "Ryan Zimmerman dealing with hamstring cramping" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "The Nationals pounded out 16 hits on the Marlins’ pitching, chasing starter Wade LeBlanc from the game after just 3 2/3 innings of work." - "Backed by Nationals' bats, Jordan Zimmermann dominates in complete game victory" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Six batters into tonight's game, Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc had yet to retire a Nationals hitter." - "Nationals Pastime: One way to forget a rough weekend (Nats open series with dominating win)" - Dan Kolko,

• "It was technically [Jordan] Zimmermann's second complete game, the first being an eight-inning effort in a 1-0 loss to new teammate Dan Haren and the Angels on June 29, 2011." - "Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins - April 15, 2013" - Adam Berry, WSH Recap

• "For the first time this season, Tyler Moore looked at the lineup card in the clubhouse and saw his name written with marker in the starting nine." - "Davey Johnson’s difficult balance of finding playing time for the bench" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Giancarlo] Stanton has been sidelined with a sore left shoulder, and the sputtering Marlins (2-11) miss him." - "Stanton can only watch as Nats beat Marlins 10-3" - Steve Wine, AP/

• "Taking the mound for the Nationals will be right-hander Dan Haren, who was much better his last time out than he was in his first start of the year." - "Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins - April 16, 2013" - Tyler Emerick, Preview

• "[Tyler] Moore understands the situation. He's not going to start many games at first base in place of Adam LaRoche." - "Moore makes most of rare start" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Ryan Zimmerman drove in four runs, crushing his first home run of the season, a two-run shot off the first pitch he saw from reliever John Maine in the fourth inning." - "Nationals vs. Marlins: Jordan Zimmermann earns his first complete-game win" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Taking the mound for the Nationals will be right-hander Dan Haren, who was much better his last time out than he was in his first start of the year." - "Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins - April 16, 2013" - Tyler Emerick, Preview

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• "If your name is Zimmerman(n), your name also is mud as far as the Miami Marlins are concerned." - "The Juice: Washington Nationals’ ‘Zimmermen’ put hurt on Marlins; Dodgers-Padres quiet" - David Brown, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "Zimmerman + Zimmermann = win. The Nats get up off the mat after being swept, helped by Jordan complete game and Ryan’s four RBI." - "And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights" - Craig Calcaterra, HardballTalk

• "Led by seven players with multi-hit games, the Nationals pounded out 16 hits — a season-high allowed by the Marlins — and knocked starter Wade LeBlanc out early en route to a 10-3 win in front of 15,933 fans at Marlins Park." - "Offensively challenged Miami Marlins pounded by Washington Nationals" - Manny Navarro,

• "Mike Redmond sounded like the captain of a boat with engine failure grateful that he wasn't taking on water." - "Nationals pound punchless Marlins" - Craig Davis, South Florida

• "Washington sent eight men to the plate in the first inning and scored four runs off Wade LeBlanc (0-3), setting the tone for a game that got out of hand quickly." - "Miami Marlins lose 10-3 to Washington Nationals, drop to 2-11..." - Joe Capozzi,

• "Righty Dan Haren makes start No. 3 with his new team on Tuesday night when the Washington Nationals visit Marlins Park for the middle test of a three-game series with the Miami Marlins." - "Washington Nationals (8-5) at Miami Marlins (2-11), 7:10 p.m. (ET)" - Baseball Wires -

• "Jordan Zimmermann is a very good MLB starting pitcher. However, he didn't throw one complete game in all of 2012." - "Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 3, Washington Nationals 10" - Sam Evans, Fish Stripes


Class-A Hagerstown: "Arthur Charles's two-run homerun in the top of the seventh lifted the Lakewood BlueClaws (3-9) over the Hagerstown Suns (6-6), 5-1, at Municipal Stadium on Monday night." - "Charles blasts BlueClaws past Suns" - Eli Pearlstein, Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "Opening the second leg of their six-game road trip against the Salem Red Sox (4-6, 2-2), the Potomac Nationals (4-6, 2-2) received a strong start from RHP Taylor Hill (2-0)..." - "Hill, Potent Sticks Carry Potomac to 7-2 Victory Over Red Sox" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Blake Treinen pitched seven brilliant innings and Anthony Rendon hit his second home run in five days to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 4-0 win over the Reading Fightin Phils in the first of a two game series at FirstEnergy Stadium." - "Treinen and Rendon Shut Down Reading 4-0" - Marshall Kelner, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrsburg: "Anthony Rendon, the Nats' latest star in the making, is different. He's a free spirit, as loose as they come, and doesn't need a federal security detail around him." - "Rendon lives up to hype as Senators beat Reading" - Mike Drago, Reading Eagle

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, dropped the first of a four-game set to the Buffalo Bisons, 6-1, on Monday." - "Bisons' late rally knocks off Chiefs" - Syracuse Chiefs News

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Chiefs and Bisons were tied at 1-1 after a Chris Marrero solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but it was Danny Rosenbaum that had the best day for Syracuse." - "Rosenbaum strong - reaches limit - before Bisons bust it open on Chiefs" - Ben Meyers, The Auburn Citizen

• "These are rough estimates, but the Nationals are hoping for a mid-May return for [Sammy] Solis and a late May return for [Matt] Purke." - "Updates on Solis, Purke and other injuries" - Byron Kerr,

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


• "Already equipped with the latest state-of-the-art video and audio technology, Nationals Park has now added a fiber-based Ethernet connection from Comcast capable of delivering up to 1 Gigabit per second of speed to support more people and devices within the ballpark." - "The Washington Nationals Step Up to the Plate with Ethernet from Comcast Business" - Business Wire vs the Motley Fool, DailyFinance

• "A major technology upgrade at Nationals Park in Southeast will improve Wi-Fi access for visitors and clear the way for Nats fans to order food, drinks and other goodies without ever leaving their seats, the Washington Examiner reported." - "Washington Nationals upgrade Wi-Fi at ballpark" - Washington Business Journal

• "Nats fans join forces to end the wave" - Sarah Kogod, D.C. Sports Bog, Washington Post

• "Nats Trivia: Home Opener and Record Attendance Figures" - Todd Boss, Nationals Arm Race

• "April 16, 2010, Harrisburg, PA: Washington Nationals 21 year-old prospect Stephen Strasburg can’t control the rainy weather on the day of his professional debut." - "Strasburg’s professional debut" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History

• "They are a fantastic palate cleanser. If the Nats manage to win tonight will the Brave losses still sting? OK, they will, but as bad?" - "Thank God for the Marlins" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "It's been a rough start to 2013 for Dan Haren, who was a major offseason acquisition for the Washington Nationals." - "Dan Haren's Unlucky Start" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "SHARK VS MARLINS" - Sharkadina

• "Jordan Zimmermann went the distance, giving up 3 runs over 9 innings and only 103 pitches. It is the Nats first complete game of 2013 and his first complete game win." - "Nothing helps a struggling team like the Marlins; Nats, Zimmermann cruise 10-3" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "For the past few seasons, Jordan Zimmermann has been known as a hard-luck pitcher, the kind who cannot buy a run when he needs it, whose run support every time he takes the mound seems to be wanting." - "Nationals Buzz: Dark cloud removed, could Zimmermann earn 'Smiley' nickname?" - Ted Leavengood at

• "'Lindsey Covert is the Washington Nationals in-game host, hosting the Inside Pitch Live pregame show as well as many in-game promotions and other Nationals events,' a team spokeswoman wrote, in response to my query." - "Lindsey Covert becomes new Nats in-game host" - Dan Steinberg, D.C. Sports Bog, Washington Post


Braves: "The Braves reduced their majors-leading overall ERA to 1.82 with Sunday’s shutout, and Atlanta’s relievers shaved theirs to 1.30, also the best in either league." - "Braves bullpen in lock-down mode" - David O'Brien,

Phillies: "Of the 17 batters he's faced, [Phillippe] Aumont has recorded four strikeouts and seven ground balls." - "Phillies Notebook: Phillippe Aumont shows promise as a late-inning reliever" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

Mets: "With heavy snow blanketing Coors Field Monday, the Mets had their second game in a row postponed by wintry weather." - "NY Mets and Colorado Rockies will attempt to play doubleheader Tuesday, but forecast remains grim" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News