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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Zimmerman not close to returning yet

--SS Ian Desmond became a father on Tuesday afternoon, when his wife, Chelsey, gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy named Grayson Wesley Desmond. Ian Desmond is away from the Nationals using MLB's new paternity leave policy; manager Jim Riggleman said he will likely return to the team on Thursday.

--C Wilson Ramos had his first multi-homer game on Tuesday, hitting his first two homers of the season in the Nationals' loss to the Mets. Ramos drove in three runs, and went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. He's now hitting .378 for the season, leading the Nationals in batting average by 128 points.

--OF Jayson Werth hit his second homer in four games, and fourth of the season, in the fourth inning against the Mets on Tuesday. Werth fouled a ball off his leg on Monday and didn't take batting practice on Tuesday, but showed no effects of the injury.

--OF Bryce Harper hit his fourth homer of the season for Class A Hagerstown (Md.) on Tuesday night, blasting a solo shot against West Virginia in the first inning. Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has homered three times in his last four games for Hagerstown.

--RHP Jordan Zimmermann fell to 1-4 this season, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets. Two of the runs scored on Zimmermann came in after he'd left the game, but he allowed nine hits against the Mets and didn't have a swinging strike all night. "He pitched a winnable game tonight," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He wasn't at the top of his game. But if something happened here or there, we could have won that ballgame. ... There's going to be some ups and downs coming off (Tommy John) surgery."

8 -- Inherited runners LHP Doug Slaten has allowed to score this season. Slaten still has a 0.00 ERA, but 42 percent of his 19 inherited runners have come in to score, and he's allowing lefties to hit .384 against him this year.

"That's the key to my job, probably, is coming in and getting guys out with guys on base. Right now, there's a few dropped in. I'm still going out with confidence, going out there and throwing pitches and throwing strikes. My luck will change a little bit." -- Nationals LHP Doug Slaten, on his struggles to start the year. He's allowed eight of 19 inherited runners to score, and left-handers are hitting .384 against him.

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