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Wire Taps: Nationals expected to call up Trea Turner; Daniel Murphy wins NL POTM for May; Bryce Harper could command $750 million

Hope you enjoyed your off day, but now get back to work... and catch up on all the latest Washington Nationals news.

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Now that we've got your attention, here's the news from Natstown.

Nats expected to call up Turner today
With Ryan Zimmerman headed to the paternity list, multiple reports have said that Turner will get the call to the show. Now, the big question: how long will Turner be up for?

Bullpen will be first priority come trade deadline
The Nats are in first place, and playing well (knock on wood), but apparently the bullpen will be the first place the Nats look come August 1st. Whether that'll mean the end of the Papelbon era in D.C., nobody, including Mike Rizzo, knows.

Murphy named NL Player of the Month for May
Generally, when you hit .416 on a month, this will happen.

Bryce Harper could command a $750 million contract
Harper is apparently seeking a $500-750 million contract. Let's re-iterate that. $500-750 million.

Could Harper and Murphy go back to back with MVP awards?
A DC baseball team last accomplished the feat in the 1924 and 1925 seasons, while Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera did it for the Tigers in 2011-12. Could Harper and Murphy be next?

Danny Espinosa is better than you think he is
Espinosa is better than you think he is, and better than you want to think he is.

Shawn Kelley's sliders could end his career. He keeps throwing them anyways.
Kelley, who has undergone Tommy John surgery twice already, could prolong his career by throwing fewer sliders. Instead, he trades dominance for career length.

The Phillie Phanatic got inappropriate with Chris Speier, and Stephen Strasburg thought it was pretty funny
The Phanatic got handsy with the Nats' bench coach, and Strasburg seemed to be the only one in a curly-W laughing.

Tonight's Game: Nationals vs Reds - 7:10 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.57 ERA) vs Brandon Finnegan (1-4, 4.14 ERA)