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Wire Taps: Nationals return to D.C.; Bryce Harper stars in MLB ad; Reasons to be optimistic about the Nats

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The Nationals and Twins face off at Nationals Park tonight in the first of a two-game exhibition series. Here we go, folks.

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Well, its been quite the whirlwind of a day with the Turner and Strasburg for Kershaw and Seager trade almost complete. It's going to be quite the interesting saga to follow to see how it plays out.

Here's the rest of the news you may have missed while paying attention to the mega-trade.

(Happy April Fool's day, by the way.)

The Nationals are finally back in D.C., and Bryce Harper is pumped
In preparation for their exhibition games today and tomorrow, the team has finally reunited back where they belong.

Here's what Bryce Harper had to say upon returning.

Harper gives little leaguers "fresh flow"
The "Little Nats" get their swagger back in this MLB ad, when Bryce Harper comes in and gives haircuts.

Daniel Murphy's relationship with Tottenham FC
Apparently, the fandom began with a love of Peter Crouch on FIFA Soccer, and turned into meeting the team, wearing their shirts and hats and becoming huge fans.

Five reasons to be optimistic about the 2016 Nationals
Yesterday, there were five questions. Today, there are five reasons to feel good. (Hint: #1 is Bryce Harper).

Why starting Danny Espinosa at shortstop is the right call
A lot of Nats fans were on team #OpeningDayTrea. However, for multiple reasons, starting Trea wasn't the right call. Here's why starting Espinosa was the right call.

The Nationals are ranked 12th in ESPN's season preview
The final preseason projection comes from ESPN, which puts the Nats tied for first place in the NL East with the Mets, which is certainly something we haven't heard much of this spring.

Today's Game: Twins vs Nationals - 6:05 PM (MASN, MLB.TV, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Phil Hughes vs TBD