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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals rained out; 2016 lineup showing promise

Rainouts, lineups, prospects and more, all in today's Wire Taps.

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Spring Training is in the home stretch. I know I've said that about a thousand times, but I really mean it. In just five days, the Nationals charter plane will land in D.C., and they'll soon return to Nationals Park. It's almost time, folks.

While we wait, here's the news.

No game? No... crucial at bats.
When the Nationals and the Marlins were rained out, it also cost them some key nighttime at-bats. During Spring Training, when night games are few and far apart, many Nationals hadn't hit under the lights in weeks. After last night, the Nats won't play a night game until the regular season.

A case for the Nationals 2016 lineup
With a more balanced crew from top to bottom, could this finally be the lineup that's consistent and supports the pitchers?

Moore clears waivers, sent to Triple-A Syracuse
Moore, who likely won't be seen again unless injury occurs, was sent down to AAA and removed from the 40-man roster after clearing waivers.

Hearn and Robles provide raw talent, promise is showing
Taylor Hearn is ridiculously athletic. Victor Robles has some of the best raw talent in the minors. Even so, not much is known about either prospect... not even internally.

In Response to Boswell's 2018 column
A hard look at where the Nationals were in terms of promising young players and the amount of guaranteed years they had with said players, and where they are now with another batch of promising young players.

Today's Game: Nationals vs Cardinals
Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs Mike Leake