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Wire Taps: Nationals players want more intense crowd; MLB puts stop to Bryce Harper's patriotic bat; Daniel Murphy misses ASG start by 88 votes

Catch up on the last twenty-four hours in Washington Nationals news before the start of the four-game, first-half-ending series with the New York Mets in Citi Field.

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Happy Lucas Giolito day! Enjoy this one - because nobody really knows when the next one will come.

Here's the latest from Citi Field.

The All-Star-Game is in Stephen Strasburg's hometown - will he start?
Instead of his usual relaxing few days in San Diego, Strasburg will join the All-Star Game chaos. Terry Collins will get the decision on who will get the start on Tuesday - and Strasburg might be up for the honor.

Daniel Murphy misses out on All-Star start by 88 votes.
Had just two or three more fans decided to vote, Murphy would be headlining the game.

Dusty Baker: Some Nats players would like a bigger and more crazy crowd
The manager noted that a more intense crowd would give some players on his team a bit more energy.

MLB puts a stop to Bryce Harper's patriotic bat
Harper had a patriotic bat put together for the Fourth of July - but Major League Baseball just wasn't having it. The MBFA movement continues.

The Bryce Harper Chia Pet may give you nightmares
Be warned, this is the stuff of nightmares.

Tonight's Game: Nationals vs Mets - 7:10 PM (MASN, MLB Network, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Lucas Giolito (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (7-4, 2.87 ERA)