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Wire Taps: Nationals Trade Rumors... All Quiet In NatsTown

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If there were rumors, you know we'd be mongering, but there really isn't anything out there about the Washington Nationals right now. Davey Johnson told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s The Sports Junkies once again this morning that he didn't see anything happening today. 4 hours to go...

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Davey Johnson's "World Series or Bust!" statement was brought up again this morning when the 70-year-old Washington Nationals' manager appeared on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s The Sports Junkies.

"We've got time," Johnson interrupted the host, "We've got time. Relax, man." The Nats' skipper went on to explain what he thinks his team needs to do to have a chance at a second-straight postseason berth. "If we win every [series] from here on out," Johnson said, "that's what we've got to do. Win every series and we'll be right there. And we're certainly capable of doing that." The Nationals, according to their manager, will try to do it with the players already on the Nats' roster since he doesn't see the team making any big deals before the Non-Waiver Deadline at 4:00 pm EDT this afternoon.

"We're probably not going to do anything," Johnson said. "We still like the players we have, and they need to do a little better job. We've got some guys are hurt and we've got some young guys that are coming up and that's where we're at. And I agree with that. I like the talent. It's my fault. I think the responsibility... we're a little underachieving all across the board."

Johnson reiterated his belief that the Nationals won't be doing anything big this afternoon when he spoke to reporters before this afternoon's game, and he also addressed the "World Series or Bust!" comment once more:

We'll keep you updated if anything happens today, but it's looking like a slow Trade Deadline day in NatsTown... For now links and lots of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!:


• "'I don’t think we’re going to do anything,' [Davey] Johnson said. 'I think we’re got the players we want here. They just need to do the things they’re capable of doing, and we’re fine.'" - "Davey Johnson expects the Nationals to stand pat" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• Nationals' Lineup vs Tigers:


• "The Nationals are not inactive as the deadline approaches. They’ve been engaged in conversations with several teams..." - "Nationals quiet as trade deadline looms Wednesday" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'It's not like you can point to one area or one person or whatever. It's everybody's capable of doing better than they have been doing and I've seen signs of it.'" - Davey Johnson - "Nationals Pastime: McCatty update plus Nats trade deadline chatter" - Dan Kolko,

• "With left-hander Ross Detwiler out for at least another month because of a back ailment, Dan Haren being inconsistent and Taylor Jordan on an innings limit, one would think that Washington would like to acquire another starting pitcher." - "Davey doesn't expect Nats to make any deals" - Bill Ladson, News

• "'I really could care less what the Braves do,' shortstop Ian Desmond said. 'We're [three] games under .500. We've got to worry about ourselves...'" - "1 bad pitch, 10 games back" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "This isn’t on General Manager Mike Rizzo; he’s doing only what’s been taught to him from above, what’s been done to him." - "Handling of Drew Storen tells us much more about the Nationals" - Mike Wise, The Washington Post

• "The Nationals do not expect to make any 'splashy' moves and they’ve identified the bench as a potential area they could improve." - "Thoughts, observations and leftovers as the trade deadline approaches" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Wilson Ramos has been very complimentary of [Stephen] Strasburg each of the right-hander's last few times out, and he heaped praise on Strasburg again tonight." - "Nationals Pastime: Postgame quotes from Strasburg, Ramos and Desmond" - Dan Kolko,

• Listen While You Link:

• "Three batters into this game, the Nationals looked like they might have something cooking against [Anibal] Sanchez." - "Instant analysis: Tigers 5, Nats 1" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "When [Rick] Schu took over as hitting coach, he designated center fielder Denard Span as a special project. Shu's goal is to return Span to the leadoff spot." - "Schu pleased with Nats' approach at plate" - Bill Ladson, News

• "What led to Werth’s smoldering-hot July? He will not discuss it, either out of superstition or because of fear his explanation will be misunderstood." - "Jayson Werth’s best month as a National" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "[Stephen] Strasburg had never given up a home run with more than one runner on base so, it was the first grand slam the right-hander had allowed in his career." - "Grand slam does in Stephen Strasburg, Nationals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Stephen] Strasburg worked his first five innings on just 59 pitches and did a nice job of navigating through a dangerous Tigers lineup, striking out four and stranding four runners." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson recaps Nats' 5-1 loss" - Dan Kolko,

• "Since the beginning of May, [Gio] Gonzalez has a 2.20 ERA over 15 starts. Since May 16, Verlander owns a 5.21 mark over 14 outings." - "Washington Nationals at Detroit Tigers - July 31, 2013" - Andrew Simon, Preview

• "[Stephen] Strasburg had never in his career allowed a grand slam and Avila had never hit one. The simultaneous firsts cracked a tie game wide open..." - "Detroit slams Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, 5-1" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "The Nationals are now 52-55, 10 games behind the Braves in the National League East." - "Washington Nationals at Detroit Tigers - July 30, 2013" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

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


• "'It was definitely something I’ll remember for a while,' [Alex] Avila said. 'Really I was looking for fastball. He had been coming inside with fastballs all game.'" - "Detroit 5, Washington 1: Tigers' Alex Avila's first grand slam swats Nationals" - George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

• "Former Expos find intimate home with fan -friendly atmosphere." - "Stadium countdown: Nationals Park proves a capital gain" - Joe Mock, TODAY Sports

• "Alex Avila's first-career grand slam and a gem from Anibal Sanchez carried the Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals to open the two-game series." - "Tigers 5, Nationals 1: Avila's grand slam paces offense; Sanchez cruises, Veras debuts" - lesmanalim, Bless You Boys


• "Washington Nationals 2013 Top 20 PRE-SEASON Prospects in Review" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball

• "The organization and staff assignments have been made for the 2013 Arizona Fall League. Nationals farmhands will play alongside prospects from the Cubs, Tigers, Angels and Athletics as the Mesa Solar Sox in the six-team league." - "Mesa Solar Sox are Nationals' entry in 2013 Arizona Fall League" - Byron Kerr,

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

Class-A Auburn: "The Doubledays (13-29) scored early on a Jimmy Yezzo RBI double to score Bryan Lippincott in the first." - "Rocky Road Start" - Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Auburn: "Auburn's Bryan Lippincott went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Jimmy Yezzo had a double and two RBI. Isaac Ballou added two hits and scored once." - "Doubledays' comeback falls short in 6-4 loss to Spinners" - Jeremy Houghtaling, Auburn Citizen

Class-A Hagerstown: BlueClaws 4; Suns 2 - Narciso Mesa - 3 for 4, 2 R; Kylin Turnbull - 4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

Class-A Potomac: "The Potomac Nationals (64-41, 22-14) engaged in a wild standoff with the Salem Red Sox (52-56, 19-19) in the finale of a three-game series." - "Wild Finish in Salem Yields Red Sox 6-5 Walk-Off Win" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Justin Bloxom homered, but the rest of the Senators offense struggled, as the Trenton Thunder took the series opener 11-3 at Arm & Hammer Park." - "Bloxom Homers in 11-3 Loss at Trenton" - Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "According to Sens director of broadcasting/media relations Terry Byrom, Goodwin 'didn't feel well' after batting practice late Tuesday afternoon and was replaced in the starting lineup by Jose Lozada." - "Poor situational hitting; Leon's return; Goodwin scratched: Senators game notebook" - Dave Sottile,

Triple-A Syracuse: Rained Out.


• "Watch Ryan Zimmerman's bat trick" - Nats Enquirer

• "The Washington Nationals fell 5-1 to the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night, not at the hands of the Tigers’ most likely suspects, but on a sixth-inning grand slam by catcher Alex Avila." - "Washington Nationals Game 107 Review: Strasburg, Nats toppled 5-1 on Alex Avila grand slam" - Alyssa Wolice, District Sports Page

• "Nats Lose Opener To Tigers, Strasburg Gives Up First Grand Slam" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "Washington Nationals Records by Opponent 2005 to 2013" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History


Mets: "Zack Wheeler shrugged it off. It was just another lesson in eight career starts as Wheeler continues to figure out how to be a major league pitcher." - "Zack Wheeler misses out on no-hitter, but Mets pull out 10-inning win over Marlins" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News

Phillies: "The Phillies are no longer a winning team. The speculation is no longer idle fodder. It is about lives being lived inside the clubhouse." - "The trade-deadline waiting game" - David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News

Marlins: "The Marlins managed to avoid being no-hit on Monday. What they failed to avoid was another loss to the New York Mets." - "Miami Marlins waste comeback, fall to New York Mets" - Clark Spencer,

Braves: "After Alex Wood settled down Tuesday and started pitching the way he and the Braves knew he could, his teammates made sure they provided plenty of run support for the rookie left-hander in his first win in the majors." - "Freeman homers twice, Wood gets first win" - David O'Brien,