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Wire Taps: How Washington Nationals can miss the playoffs; Erick Fedde happy; Tanner Roark starts in WBC Tuesday

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today's game against the Yankees... which is available on MASN and the MLB Network (outside of D.C.)...

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Are the Nationals ever going to play a night Spring Training game that people can, you know, watch? Asking for a friend.

Here's the beat from South Capitol Street.

Here's how the Nats can miss the playoffs
Gio Gonzalez keeps declining, the bullpen gets worse, Anthony Rendon doesn't do much better, Bryce Harper does just a little better, Trea Turner enjoys a sophomore slump, Adam Eaton struggles in his new city, the bench drops off, and Stephen Strasburg misses a month or two.

Erick Fedde happy with first major-league camp
Fedde will likely make his last Grapefruit League start on Friday, and will be replaced by Max Scherzer as soon as he's ready. However, Fedde shouldn't be away from major-league camps for too long.

Fedde struggles for the first time this spring
The Nats' top pitching prospect had a great start to spring training. Saturday was... less great.

Harper's spring power surge could indicate 2017 rebound
Bryce Harper dominated in 2015, and then fell off in 2016. He's hit five home runs in spring training so far. Does that mean anything?

Michael A. Taylor excused from camp due to family issue
Michael Taylor, the team's hottest hitter, has left Nats' camp due to a family issue.

Jeremy Guthrie talks sneakers and success
Guthrie has a long-shot chance to make the bullpen as a long reliever (in a spot that the Nats may not even have). However, Guthrie is at peace with whatever happens, so long as he has his massive shoe collection.

Max Scherzer offers glimpse into enduring baseball truth: sometimes, you have to play hurt
Scherzer had enduring pain in his right ring finger for the last seven months. But, for the last seven months, he's found a way to keep going with an unorthodox three-fingered fastball grip.

Ryan Zimmerman bursts out to pace with three hits
Zimmerman had a slow start to the spring, but he found his footing on Sunday.

Tanner Roark will start championship round game for U.S., Murphy stays seated
Daniel Murphy has only played two games for the U.S. in the WBC. Roark has pitched exactly 1 1/3 innings. This is fine.

John Lannan, now a side-armer, has let bygones be bygones with Nationals
Lannan is now hoping to salvage his career with the team that originally drafted him, and then parted with him in an ugly fashion.

Nats notes: Robertson, Romero, and Scherzer
MLBTR talks about the Nats a little.

Today's Game: Yankees vs Nationals -- 1:05 PM (MASN, MLB Network)
Probable Pitchers: Michael Pineda (2-0, 1.80 ERA) vs Vance Worley (0-1, 5.00 ERA)
Days until Opening Day: 14