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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper named NL co-Player of the Week; Michael A. Taylor's leadoff struggles; An early look at Nationals' playoff odds

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Washington Nationals news, all in one place.

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The Nationals have only lost three times so far this season. Oddly enough, two of those losses came at the hands of the Miami Marlins in a game Tanner Roark started. Weird things happen at Marlins Park.

Here's the latest from Miami.

Bryce Harper named NL Co-Player of the Week
The reigning MVP won yet another honor this week, sharing the title with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Michael A. Taylor is struggling as a leadoff hitter, but the Nats don't have any other options.
"He's the best we have," said Baker.

Bryce Harper is the best player in baseball, and the best player for baseball
The outfielder's electric combination of power and hustle, plus an initiative to "make baseball fun again", puts Harper on the top of the shortlist as the best player in the game - maybe better than Mike Trout.

Roster is built for power, but Dusty is still okay with bunting
Between Michael A. Taylor, Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper, the Nationals are built to hit a lot of home runs. However, the bunt should not be taboo, according to the Nationals' manager.

Nine things to know about the Nationals so far
Here's what we've learned so far - one fact for every win.

An absurdly early look at playoff odds
The Nationals should start printing some rally towels, as they apparently had an 84% chance of making the playoffs as of Sunday night.

There's a little more to the story of Bryce Harper's 100th home run ball
The 10-year-old that returned the ball was actually a former Make-a-Wish recipient, although her wish was to meet Taylor Swift. But needless to say, Taylor Swift has never given her an autographed bat.

Tonight's Game: Nationals vs Marlins - 7:10 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.98 ERA) vs Adam Conley (0-0, 3.86 ERA)