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Wire Taps: Nationals trust Jonathan Papelbon; Wilson Ramos improvement isn't all LASIK; Matt Belisle's rehab continues

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Last night's game had a little bit of everything - home runs, doubles, discounted pizza, position players pitching, and the Nationals' play-by-play man making a foray into rapping. This is why baseball is America's pastime.

Here's what's new in Chicago.

According to Mike Rizzo, the Nats trust Jonathan Papelbon
Rizzo defended Papelbon to his anxious fan base, telling 106.7 The Fan that Papelbon's job was secure - and that the closer's teammates have complete trust in him.

The history of designated hitters for the Nationals
Prepare to see some old friends - Laynce Nix and Matt Stairs are just the tip of the iceberg.

Ramos is a lot better this season - and it's not all LASIK
A contact approach and more line drives are putting Ramos atop nearly every offensive statistical category for catchers - and towards the top for all position players.

At the Single-A All-Star games, the Nationals are well represented
Victor Robles, Max Schrock and Drew Ward headline some of the players from Potomac and Hagerstown that will be playing in the Carolina League and South Atlantic League All-Star Games. The future is bright.

Belisle now rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse
Belisle, on the way back from a right calf injury, is now in Syracuse rehabbing. Dusty Baker and Mike Rizzo will be left with a tough choice when deciding if Sammy Solis is the next man to be sent down after Belisle returns.

Tonight's Game: Nationals vs White Sox - 8:10 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94 ERA) vs Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 3.93 ERA)