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Wire Taps: How Ryan Madson’s roommate’s landlord saved his career; Why is Anthony Rendon hitting 6th?; Dusty the Turtle released

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this weekend’s series with the D-Backs...

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The Nats and the Diamondbacks meet tonight for the first in what has turned into a rather highly anticipated matchup!

No, I didn’t think I’d be saying that either this season.

Here’s the latest from Chase Field.

Ryan Madson's old, good story about how a teammate's landlord saved his career
The Accelerated Performance Machine, perfected by Madson's trainer, Jay Schroeder, is ten times stronger than normal stimulation machines used at an average physical therapy facility, and was indirectly brought to Madson's attention by his injury rehab teammate's landlord. Madson uses the machine for an hour and a half every day, and he attributes the rejuvenation of his career entirely to the machine.

The Nats are officially not getting David Robertson. Who's next on the list?
Wilson, Hand, Britton, Neshek and others fill out the remaining plan, uh, F (?) list for the Nats.

Road trip notes: Observations from Cincinnati
Including one poor fan's remark that he was feeling good about the Reds' chances tonight because they weren't facing Gio Gonzalez this time! (They were facing Max Scherzer.)

Why is Anthony Rendon hitting sixth in the Nationals lineup?
Dusty wants to keep Rendon behind Murphy so the middle of the order can be more deadly, in addition to preserving the left-right balance. Even so, getting Rendon one more at-bat a night could determine a few games.

Turtle named after Dusty Baker released into ocean
Dusty the turtle was thin and covered in leaches and barnicles when he arrived at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in February, when Dusty Baker first visited him. Five months later, he's fully recovered and has been released into the ocean.