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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper walks six times, HBP; Nats interested in Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman; Hagerstown lineup promising

Catch up on the weekend in Washington Nationals news, all in one place....

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Well, that was fun. After a promising start to the road trip of doom, the Nationals ended with a .500 record on the trip, a result most of us would have been happy with at the beginning of the trip, but tastes much more bitter after being swept in four games at the hands of the Chicago Cubs. What are you gonna do?

Here's the beat from Half Street.

Bryce Harper went to the plate seven times yesterday, didn't swing once, and got on all seven times
Six walks (some intentional) and a HBP put Harper on base seven times on Sunday. Joe Maddon either has a ton of respect for Harper, or absolutely none for Ryan Zimmerman.

Nationals considering trading for Miller or Chapman
Although the closer spot (much to the dismay of Nats fans) is occupied by Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Rizzo is still interested in possibly acquiring Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller from the Yankees. The return they'll require, though, is another question.

Dusty Baker honors mom with custom wristbands
Baker honored his mom on Mother's Day (who taught him how to walk a catwalk) with custom wristbands.

Nationals end up intertwined in Missouri senate race, because of course.
Wearing a high school cap with a Curly W on it, a young volunteer for the republican incumbent Roy Blunt was called out for being a Nationals fan, and things pretty much spiraled out of control from there. A Nats fan! The horror!

There are three really good prospects at the top of Class-A Hagerstown's lineup
Meet Max Schrock, Victor Robles, and Kelvin Gutierrez. In a few years, you could see a lot of them.

Pink bats, hats, jerseys... pretty much pink everything for Mother's Day.
All the pink. But would Bryce's mother really let him go outside wearing those cleats?

HarperOne! #MothersDay

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Bryce Harper avoided a wall, and Dusty Baker was totally okay with it
Although Bryce Harper could've possibly prevented the Cubs from scoring and or winning the game on Saturday, he chose not to run full speed into a wall, a mature move from the reigning MVP. And how that weekend went, knowing how the Cubs were playing, even if Harper did make the catch, the Cubs probably would've found another way to win.