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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper stealing more; Max Scherzer's unique pickoff move; Washington Nationals have not contacted Dan Duquette

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Mike Maddux might already be making his case for MVP. Or, Gio Gonzalez figured out a lot of things this winter.

Fatherhood can do that. Either way, Gonzalez showed serious improvement from last season's form, going six innings without giving up a run. Bryce Harper backed him up with a two-run double, and Dusty Baker was so pumped that his words can't really be repeated.

Here's what's new in NatsTown.

Nationals have not contacted Duquette
Although the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the Nationals had interest in Orioles Executive Vice President Dan Duquette, Duquette noted today that the Nationals had not contacted him, and per Roch Kubatko, the Nationals have not contacted the Orioles asking for permission to speak with Duquette.

Bryce Harper and the Nationals are running (and Dusty Baker loves it)
The reigning MVP hopes to add another qualification to his resume this year by stealing more bases, and so far, its worked.

Giolito's season debut goes well
The Nationals' top prospect got off to a good start at Double-A Harrisburg with four scoreless innings. (He gave up only one hit).

Scherzer's unique pickoff approach
Instead of the traditional spin-and-throw, Scherzer opts for a different method when trying to hold a runner, holding the ball.

Here's how you strike out Bryce Harper
Hint: You don't.

Tonight's Game: Braves vs Nationals - 7:05 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Matt Wisler (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 1.50 ERA)