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Wire Taps: Pudge Rodriguez first Washington Nationals’ player in HOF; Return of the Rally Pigeon; Lots going right for Nats...

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

Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

It seems that the Nats heard the Rockies were coming to town and decided to bring Coors Park to them for the series. Or something.

Here’s what’s new in Washington.

Pudge Rodriguez is about to put the word "Nationals" on a player plaque in the Hall of Fame for the first time
Pudge Rodriguez will not go into the hall wearing a Curly W. With that said, Rodriguez still played an important part for the young Nationals teams of 2010 and 2011 -- and his plaque, listing the teams he played for, will include the Nats on it.

Washington Nationals (8 HR) don't need to trade for hitters
"According to multiple sources familiar with the Washington Nationals' current situation, the team does not need to trade for any more hitters."

Pigeon credited with Nats' home run barrage
The world's bravest pigeon decided to help out the home plate umpire with Max Scherzer on the hill. And then stayed there. While the Nats hit seventy five thousand home runs.

The sports radio crusade to get Anthony Rendon hitting second just got more interesting
Grant Paulsen of 106.7 the Fan are convinced that Anthony Rendon has no business hitting as low in the lineup as he does. Mike Rizzo did not hold back in response. Dusty Baker held to his position when Paulsen asked him. Then the announcers got involved.

Finding a Home for Justin Verlander in Washington
"Verlander is owed is around $10 million for the rest of this season and $28 million for each of the two subsequent seasons. That price tag puts the Nationals in a unique position."

Bryce Harper will only compete in 2018 Derby if he's named to the All-Star Game
Bryce Harper apparently feels strongly about this.

Eight-homer onslaught a reminder that actually, a lot is going right for the Nationals
Most of the noise around the team currently is in regards to the trade deadline. If this is how they hit with less than half of the Opening Day lineup in tact, imagine what life will be like when the team gets healthier.

Happy birthday to me: Scherzer reaches 200 strikeouts in 15-2 win
"The offense was so prolific in the third and fourth innings that the Nationals managed 13 runs. During the barrage, Scherzer walked twice and hustled out an infield single."

Is Teddy Roosevelt even trying anymore?
"Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt lost his 50th consecutive race on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, extending a streak that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight."

Today’s Game: Rockies vs Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: German Marquez vs Tanner Roark