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Wire Taps: Nationals back on road, where they’re more comfortable apparently...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the Mets in NY...

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Washington’s Nationals improved to 4-0 in Citi Field this season with last night’s 8-3 win over the New York Mets.

Gio Gonzalez, natch, won again in the Mets’ home, his 10th win in 15 career starts there.

Bryce Harper and Michael A. Taylor homered, for the Nationals’ 99th and 100th HRs of the season for Washington, and as the Nationals’ PR folks noted on the Twitter, that’s the fastest 100 homers in team history (2005-present).

Here’s the latest from Flushing, Queens:


Parties stand united at Congressional Game
"Republicans and Democrats stood on their feet together on Thursday night at Nationals Park, as the 57th Annual Congressional Baseball Game..."


Dusty Baker learns manager not a priority for Lerners
"If the Lerners are waiting to see how Dusty Baker handles a bullpen before they pay him, they should have given him a bullpen first."

Updates on Grace, Solis, Blanton and Mets series
“The bullpen move was precipitated by the fact (Gott) had gone two innings yesterday and threw 50 and he had thrown the day before..."

The Nationals’ bullpen is one of the worst since 1980, and closer is the least of its problems
"The lack of a bona fide closer is only part of the problem — the main issue is that the Nationals are getting one of the worst relief performances we’ve seen since 1980."


Nationals' bullpen woes could pull their championship window closed
"The Nats have yet to find an answer for the ninth inning, as six different pitchers have saves to their credit already..."

Wieters and Murphy calm Gonzalez, offense takes over in 8-3 win
"The offense and Gio Gonzalez have been consistent this season as the Nationals built a big lead against the Mets and the rest of the National League East."

Could We Finally See a FWAAHHH Nats Jersey? « CBS DC
"Don’t look now, MLB traditionalists, but Bryce Harper’s quest to make baseball fun again might finally be paying off."


MLB Draft: How did it affect A&M baseball, who's going pro?
"RHP Brigham Hill - 5th round (Washington Nationals): A 20th-round selection a year ago, the junior was A&M's ace and Friday starter this season. Hill's ceiling with pro teams is not incredibly high so it would be hard for him to turn down fifth-round money."

Did the Nationals Try to Draft Relievers?
"By all accounts, the Nationals had a good draft. In the part that really matters — Day 1, which is composed of the first two rounds — they did what has worked so well for them in the past..."

Carrillo Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd Round of the 2017 MLB Draft
"Trojan junior third baseman Adalberto Carrillo was drafted in the 33rd round, 1003 pick overall as a catcher by the Washington Nationals on day three of the 2017 MLB First Year Players Draft."