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Wire Taps: Ben Revere joining club in Chicago; Daniel Murphy flying under the radar; Nationals look to challenge Cubs

Catch up on all the news before the Nats face the Cubs in Chicago.

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If you were worried about Jonathan Papelbon pitching on Wednesday after blowing the save on Tuesday, you may not have been the only one. The Nationals did everything in their power to put the game out of reach by the ninth inning so Papelbon wouldn't have to pitch, if you want to look at it like that. In fact, Bryce Harper even broke out of his slump just for that reason.

Here's the latest from Wrigley Field.

Ben Revere joining club in Chicago, could be activated today
Revere, who injured himself on the first at bat of the season, could return to the Nationals' lineup as soon as today.

Comparing Bryce Harper's previous slumps to this one

Although Harper may have broken out of his slump on Wednesday with a single and a home run, as it turns out, the outfielder has struggled to put hits together before, in a shocking turn of events.

The Nationals should challenge the Cubs. Keyword being should.
The Cubs, who have so far lived up to all their offseason hype, have rolled through the first month of the season. The Nationals definitely have the capability to stop them... the question is if they will.

Bryce Harper, Chicago Cubs, leading baseball in charge to make sport fun again
Bryce Harper and Joe Maddon have a lot of things in common. Both have peculiar senses of fashion, both have incredible knowledge regarding the game of baseball, and both wear hipster glasses when it's not completely clear if they need them. Add another item to the list - Harper and Maddon's Cubs are the two leaders in the charge to "Make Baseball Fun Again"

Daniel Murphy's amazing season flying under the radar
The 394th pick turned WAR/hits machine has been very humble about his recent success.

Before we decide he should retire, let's give Ryan Zimmerman another month
Zimmerman, historically, almost never hits well in March and April. Before we decide it's all over for the Z-Man, let's give him May.

Bryce Harper wins Two Negro League legacy awards
Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro League Baseball Museum, presented Harper with the NL MVP award and home run crown on Dusty Baker's class field trip to the museum while the Nationals were in Kansas City.

The Potomac Nationals actually didn't play their tripleheader
*Sad music plays in background*

Tonight's Game: Nationals vs Cubs, 8:05 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Joe Ross (3-0, 0.79 ERA) vs Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.91 ERA)