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Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen; Mat Latos to be called up; Daniel Murphy deserves MVP talk

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the second of three with the Phillies to get started...

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It's almost September, and Michael A. Taylor just got called up, while Trea Turner has secured his starting role in center field. OK, now tell that to yourself in March of this year.

Here's what's phresh in Philly.

Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen session
Before Monday night's game against Philadelphia, Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen, his first since landing on the DL with right elbow soreness.

Nats will add Mat Latos to roster in September
Latos had the opportunity to opt out of his Triple-A contract, but the Nationals gave him word that he would be up with the big-league club come September 1st.

Daniel Murphy deserves to be in MVP conversation
Nats' second baseman Daniel Murphy, and Cubs' infielders Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, seem to be the final trifecta of candidates for the NL MVP award - and Murphy has just as good of a case as them as to why he deserves the award.

Fan completes "Nats food trifecta", for no good reason whatsoever
The Nationals can activate three different coupons for various fast food joints depending on how the game goes (McDonald's, Papa John's and Chick-Fil-A all have deals with the team). So, obviously, one fan decided to have a chicken/pizza sandwich with nuggets.

Michael A. Taylor recalled, Lucas Giolito back to Triple-A
Coming off a month in the minors, Taylor is back with the big-league club for the stretch run.

Nationals "heckle" Jayson Werth after homer
BOO! Cut your hair!

Today's Game: Nationals vs Phillies - 7:05 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92 ERA) vs Jerad Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87 ERA)
Magic Number: 23