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Wire Taps: Jayson Werth extends on-base streak; Bryce Harper returns; Jonathan Papelbon released

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Before the start of the Washington Nationals' three-game set in Colorado, catch up on the weekend that was in Nats news...

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There are some places where it's bad to be a team that relies so heavily on the home run (see: Marlins Park, AT&T Park). Other times, it's the greatest thing ever. Today is one of those other times - welcome to Coors Field!

Here's the news from Colorado.

Jayson Werth extends on-base streak to 42
With his next trip to first base (or any base), Jayson Werth will tie the Nats' all-time record for an on-base streak. (Ryan Zimmerman holds the record at 43)

Young guns playing key role for Nats
In a game where Trea Turner and Pedro Severino played key offensive roles and Reynaldo Lopez earned his first major-league win, it's hard to argue that the future isn't bright.

Bryce Harper returns to Nationals lineup after five games missed
Harper hadn't played since last Saturday, exiting early with neck stiffness.

Bringing in Jonathan Papelbon was probably a mistake
In all likelihood, the trade for Papelbon that took place a little over a year ago did more bad than good.

The Nationals released Jonathan Papelbon for the purposes of winning
No, he wasn't a clubhouse cancer, nor did he cost too much - the Nationals released Jonathan Papelbon because they wanted to win.

Tonight's Game: Nationals vs Rockies - 8:40 PM (MASN, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer (12-7, 2.80 ERA) vs Jorge De La Rosa (7-7. 5.25 ERA)