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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals have last three bench contenders; Future is now for Nats; Bryce Harper up to eight homers

Bryce Harper hit two more home runs on Monday, for eight total on the Spring. The Nationals made some bullpen cuts. It's getting closer and closer to Opening Day...

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The Nationals will play their last game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches until 2018 today (after that they'll go play away games against the Cardinals, Red Sox, and then return to Washington, D.C. to play a set of exhibitions). We're almost there!

Here's what's new at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

And then there were three... Nationals have whittled down their bench contenders to a shortlist
Jose Lobaton, Stephen Drew, Chris Heisey, and Adam Lind are in. That leaves Michael A. Taylor, Wilmer Difo, and Clint Robinson battling for one bench spot.

Future is now for the Nats
They have a full season of Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and potentially a rebounding Bryce Harper -- as well as a depleted farm system. In other words, this is it.

Two Tommy John surgeries hopefully won't end Tim Collins' career
Tim Collins hasn't thrown a competitive pitch since Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, but the vertically challenged reliever is preparing down in West Palm beach on his own in hopes of pitching competitively again.

NL East Preview: The Mets will need a healthy rotation and a little more to get past the Nats
While everyone else is rebuilding, the NL East is a two-horse race. Even so, the Mets will need nothing short of a spectacular season to take the division from the Nats.

Shockingly, Tim Tebow couldn't make contact with Max Scherzer's fastball
The Nats' ace got his first shot at Tim Tebow. Let's just say that Scherzer got the better of Tebow.

Max Scherzer goes five scoreless innings against Mets
Max Scherzer reconfirmed that his finger is healed with five scoreless, high-velocity innings against the Mets on Monday.

With two-homer game, Harper now up to 8 spring training homers
Is this good? I think this is good.

Everyone, including Minor Leaguers, loves the new facility in West Palm Beach
The major leaguers have always gotten the more posh facility, but minor leaguers are living it up down in Florida.

Koda Glover among top prospect performers in spring
Glover only allowed runs in two of his ten Spring Training appearances, keeping him firm in the running for the Nats' closer job.

Today's Game: Marlins vs Nationals -- 6:35 PM (MASN)
Probable Pitchers: Scott Copeland (2-0, 9.00 ERA) vs Jacob Turner (0-1, 5.14 ERA)
Days until Opening Day: 6