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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper getting pitches to hit; Jonathan Papelbon to DL; Sammy Solis, closer?

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We collect all the best links we can find to catch you up on the last twenty-four hours in Washington Nationals news and then we put it all in one place...

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Breaking news: The Cubs are still really, really, really good. While you let that sink in, here's the news from Nationals Park.

The Cubs are actually giving Bryce Harper pitches to hit
So far, the Cubbies haven't paid for it. Keywords being "so far".

Papelbon heads to 15-day DL
Matt Belisle was recalled in his place (Papelbon has actually never been to the disabled list once in his career before now).

What are the Nats going to do in the ninth now?
The Nats weren't faced with the problem on Tuesday night, but there's no longer officially a closer on the team. Oops. What now?

Could Sammy Solis be the closer of the future?
Solis has a great BABIP against him, and strands almost 91% of the runners he lets on - plus, he's got great movement on his off-speed and a speedy fastball - could he be next in line to replace Papelbon?

"Love not Hate" headlines "Night Out" at Nationals Park
At the annual pride night at Nats Park, an undertone of tragedy came along with the usual festivities, shown by two rainbow flags (one at half-mast in centerfield, one held over the pitchers mound during the anthem). In addition, Billy Bean (Major League Baseball's VP for Social Responsibility and Inclusion) was in attendance.

Today's Game: Cubs vs Nationals - 4:05 PM (MASN, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.36 ERA) vs Stephen Strasburg (10-0, 3.03 ERA)