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Wire Taps: Max Scherzer will throw live BP Sunday; Joe Blanton, Matt Wieters nearing Nationals debuts

Catch up on the last 24 hours of Nationals news from West Palm Beach, FL. Max Scherzer, Joe Blanton, Matt Wieters updates and more...

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Okay, so the Nationals tied yesterday. Meaning that the losing streak, technically, is dead. The winless streak, however, lives on.

Here's the beat from South Capitol Street.

Max Scherzer will throw second live batting practice session on Sunday
Scherzer, who faced hitters for the first time on Tuesday, will continue on the path towards an actual in-game appearance on Sunday with another live batting practice session.

Joe Blanton, Matt Wieters, nearing debuts
Joe Blanton will pitch today against the Cardinals, and Matt Wieters will debut against the Astros.

Derek Norris making the most of odd situation
Formerly presumed to be the Nats' starting backstop, Derek Norris is now essentially out of a job. However, the catcher hasn't stopped working or having fun (as seen by his home run against Miami yesterday)

For Ryan Zimmerman, staying healthy more important than numbers in spring training
Zimmerman is 0-for-spring training thus far. As it turns out, he just doesn't care all that much.

Scherzer's injury exposing just how little starting pitching depth Nats have
Max Scherzer will likely not be ready by Opening Day. The rotation that will work in his place, is, at best, good -- but definitely not great, and very likely just average.

Former Nats: Lucas Giolito interview with Fangraphs
Giolito talked about analytics, his focus going into 2017, and more.

Today's Game: Cardinals vs Nationals -- 1:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Mike Leake (1-0, 3.86 ERA) vs Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Days until Opening Day: 24