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Wire Taps: Will John Lannan Have His Revenge On The Washington Nationals?

Hey, John. How are you. #awkward. The Washington Nationals are in Philadelphia tonight where they'll take on Phillies' lefty John Lannan in the first game of three in Citizens Bank Park. Will John Lannan have his revenge? Can the Nationals stay above .500?


The Washington Nationals kept John Lannan stashed at Triple-A Syracuse for the majority of the 2012 campaign, a, "... very luxurious insurance policy," as Davey Johnson explained it after announcing that Ross Detwiler would make the rotation on Opening Day instead of the veteran left-hander. They called Lannan up when they needed him, and paid him $5M to pitch for their top affiliate and wait for the times when he was needed. When the season ended they parted ways and Lannan landed with the Nationals' divisional rivals from Philadelphia. Tonight in Citizens Bank Park, Lannan gets his first shot at payback. And he gets it against a team that ended their trip to Cleveland, where they lost two of three to the Indians, with a .233/.292/.374 line as a team, good for 13th (AVG), 13th (OBP) and 12th (SLG) in the National League. Against left-handed pitchers? .212/.281/.328, good for 15th of 15 in AVG, 15th in OBP and 15th in SLG on the season.

The Nationals took two of three from the Phillies in the first series between the teams earlier this season. They meet for the first time in Citizens Bank Park tonight. Will John Lannan have his revenge?

[ed. note - "It's a lite version of the Wire Taps today, apparently not too many folks made the trip out to Colorado and Cleveland to cover the Nationals on the road. I'm sure everyone will be back in Philadelphia."]


Uh? Sorry... uh, Stras?: "'I think it's unfortunate the way the media works and how fast information spreads is that you get guys like myself who haven't had a single pitch in the big leagues and they come in with so much hype,' he told me recently." - "Stephen Strasburg's reality needs time to meet perception" - Anthony Castrovince, News


• "[Denard] Span iced the right foot after the game but still struggled to put his shoe on because of the discomfort." - "Denard Span fouls ball off right foot again, snaps slump" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Denard] Span fouled a ball off his foot in the sixth inning and was clearly in pain, slamming his bat to the ground as he was trying to walk off the pain. He remained in the game, however." - "Span hurt after fouling ball off his right foot" - Bill Ladson, News

• "The Nationals picked up a dramatic win over the Indians on Saturday, plating seven runs and getting a huge ninth-inning, game-winning homer from the red-hot Anthony Rendon." - "Nationals Pastime: Hoping things will start to turn, Nats get a look at Lannan" - Dan Kolko,

• "Since [Wilson] Ramos’s strained his hamstring on May 15, [Kurt] Suzuki has started 21 of 26 games and at the plate his production has dropped." - "Kurt Suzuki’s production since Wilson Ramos’ injury" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "The 2013 Nationals, it's no secret by now, don't score very many runs. The Nats score, to be precise, 3.49 runs per game." - "Offensive woes are situational" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "The Nationals dropped their series finale against the Indians on Sunday, 2-0, wasting a one-hit outing by Stephen Strasburg in the process." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - June 17, 2013" - Tom Schad, Preview

• "Adam LaRoche leaned back in the chair in his corner of the clubhouse, staring blankly ahead, arms behind his head." - "Nationals vs. Indians: Stephen Strasburg’s return isn’t enough to pull Washington from offensive slump" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Outfielder Jayson Werth said [Corey] Kluber had some of the best stuff the Nationals have seen all year." - "Washington Nationals at Cleveland Indians - June 16, 2013" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

• "In some ways, it seems so long ago when [John] Lannan was a regular face in the Nationals rotation from 2008 to 2011 and made 122 starts." - "Nationals face old friend John Lannan" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Although he hasn't played in a while, Harper still ranks third among National League outfielders in All-Star balloting, with 1,981,030 votes..." - "Bryce Harper running third among National League outfielders in All-Star Game voting" - Bill Ladson, News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama):


• "'Pitching is what always wins games,' said [Michael] Bourn." - "Indians 2, Nationals 0: Corey Kluber outpitches Stephen Strasburg (with video)" - Jim Ingraham,

• "Northeast Ohio baseball fans haven’t yet succumbed to the lure of Klubermania, but maybe they should." - "Corey Kluber’s magic act lifts Indians to victory"- Sheldon Ocker,

• "Nationals new second baseman Anthony Rendon is doing his best to make the decision very difficult for manage Davey Johnson when Danny Espinosa returns from the DL..." - "Roto Roundup: Carlos Beltran, B.J. Upton, Anthony Rendon and Others" - Ray Guilfoyle, ake Teams

• "'Right in front of our eyes we’re seeing a kid mature into a really good pitcher,' Indians manager Terry Francona said." - "Keeping the Nats out: Tribe takes series from Washington Nationals behind another gem from Corey Kluber" - Jim Ingraham,


• "Class A Potomac left-hander Sammy Solis is currently dealing with 'general shoulder soreness,' according to a baseball source." - "Top prospect Solis has sore shoulder" - Bill Ladson, News

• "The title 'New York-Penn League' has a nice ring to it. It isn’t accurate. The NYPL has 14 franchises sprinkled through New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Ohio, Connecticut, and Massachusetts." - "The relocation conversation: An NYPL franchise will move to Morgantown, West Virginia for the 2015 season, could it be the Auburn Doubledays?" - Ben Meyers, Auburn Citizen

Class-A Short Season Auburn: "The Auburn Doubledays open the 2013 season at Falcon Park tonight against the Batavia Muckdogs." - "Opening Night in Auburn" - Auburn Doubledays News

Doubledays' Roster:

Class-A Hagerstown: "The Hagerstown Suns (38-29) clinched the South Atlantic League North Division Championship for the first half of the season." - "Hagerstown clinches SAL first half title" - Jeff Clark, Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "[Robbie] Ray allowed a season-high six earned runs and single outing most three home runs in 4.0 innings while walking two and fanning five." - "Nationals Finish First Half on Winning Note" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "The Harrisburg Senators used a four-run third inning to propel them to a 5-2 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats in the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon." - "Four-Run Third Propels Sens to Series Win" - Marshall Kelner, Harrisburg Senators News

• "We pointed out Sunday morning how CF Brian Goodwin was one of several Senators mired in mini slumps, and he broke out of it Sunday afternoon." - "Brian Goodwin breaks out; Josh Johnson slides over; Neil Holland and Aaron Barrett deliver in relief: Harrisburg Senators game notebook" - Geoff Morrow,

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse shortstop Zach Walters entered the week with a .204 batting average on the season, but over the past seven days he led the International League with a .579 average and a 1.211 slugging percentage." - "Walters named IL Batter of the Week" - Syracuse Chiefs News

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


• "Washington Nationals fans who were immensely frustrated with the Nats’ offensive performance in their three-game series here against the Indians can take heart." - "The Nationals Are Not Yet a 'Factory of Sadness'" - Jason Dick, Roll Call After Dark

• "Bryce Harper on helium" - Sarah Kogod, Washington Post

• "Here are Bryce and Bryan Harper on Helium" - Nats Enquirer

• "Nats Stats - Week 11" - Lady and the Nats

• "As the Nationals struggled again to bring runners home in their 2-0 loss in Cleveland on Sunday, their fans must have been fuming." - "Can’t anybody here play this game?" - Marty Niland, D.C. Baseball History

• "Bypassing any minor league rehab assignments, Stephen Strasburg (L, 3-6) allowed just one run on one hit in his first appearance off the disabled list, showing no evidence of lingering back pain." - "Washington Nationals Game 68 Review: Indians shut out Nats in rubber game" - Alyssa Wolice, District Sports Page

• "It's the offense. I think we are all in agreement that it's the offense, right? It isn't Strasburg's fault. Have we gotten past this yet?" - "Monday Quickie" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Welcome back, Stras..." - Nats Enquirer


Braves: "Julio Teheran didn’t require much assistance in the field Sunday night against the Giants, but when the Braves rookie pitcher needed it, slick glovework was provided." - "Teheran, Freeman key Braves’ 3-0 win over Giants" - David O'Brien,

Phillies: "Cole Hamels stepped off the mound, raised his glove to his mouth and screamed." - "Phillies shut down by Rockies, 5-2" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

Mets: "Then Kirk Nieuwenhuis turned all that around, the same way he turned around Carlos Marmol’s fastball for a three-run, walk-off homer and a 4-3 win." - "Nieuwenhuis saves Mets with three-run blast" - Brian Lewis,

Marlins: "The Marlins put up seven runs on St. Louis while getting seven innings of three-hit pitching from Ricky Nolasco..." - "Ricky Nolasco sparks Miami Marlins’ series win over St. Louis Cardinals" - David J. Neal,