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Wire Taps: Dusty Baker on Nationals ending championship drought for D.C.; Gio Gonzalez reviews

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the Nats and Mets meet up in Port St. Lucie, FL this afternoon...

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Erick Fedde starts vs the Mets today, giving us all a chance to watch one of the Nationals' top pitching prospects. Later tonight, Tanner Roark is set to pitch (but not start) against the Dominican Republic in the WBC. It's a big day for Nats baseball. Links first, then baseball at 1:05 PM EST and 6:30...

Dusty Baker Links:

Nationals prospects impress Dusty Baker
"We've got some good arms," Baker said of the young pitching prospects in the organization. Baker said it's uncertain how close to the Majors they are, however.

Dusty Baker on Washington’s championship drought: ‘We’ll end it here for the whole city’
"We’ll win it here, too," Baker said Friday. "We’ll end it here for the whole city. That’s my goal. Not just ending it for the organization, but for the whole city."

Nationals' pitching links:

Joe Blanton debuts, throws scoreless inning
"Blanton was surprisingly sharp," Baker said. "[The Cardinals] had their way with us. But Joe was very good. He's going to be a great addition to this club."

Why Max Scherzer is a true rarity among baseball's best pitchers
Uh, wasn’t Max Scherzer supposed to break down, like, 10 years ago?

Making the all-star team is at the top of Gio Gonzalez’s to-do list
Gonzalez wants to play in the midsummer classic because it's in his home town of Miami this season.

Gio Gonzalez looking like old self in spring
"I know Gio is better than a .500 pitcher," Baker said. "He's won 21. If you can win 21, you can win 22."

Lineup suggestions for Dusty Baker:

The smart move is for the Nationals to bat Bryce Harper second
The biggest benefit to batting Harper second is more at-bats.

Nationals' prospects, past and present:

Top MLB Prospects for 2017: The Pitchers (Part 2 of 2)
"He has swing-and-miss stuff with a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and wipeout breaking ball. Glover’s command, though, has been inconsistent..." -

Braun 'Impressed' With White Sox Starter Reynaldo Lopez
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, who was part of the trade that sent Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals, struck out four in 4.1 shutout innings that left Braun singing his praises.