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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals should bat Anthony Rendon first; Imagine Kenley Jansen on the Nats; Enny Romero has no damage in forearm

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We’re still doing this, huh. Pre-emptive Wire Taps. Hey, at least Max Scherzer is still alive!

Here’s what’s new at Nationals Park.

The Nats should bat Anthony Rendon first, because why not
Rendon creates runs at a 52 percent higher rate than average -- but is sixth in the Nats' batting order. If the Nats put him second, they might shift things around, but he doesn't fit there. Where he does fit is in the leadoff role, walking a lot, doing well with no outs -- he could set the table perfectly in the absence of Trea Turner.

Max Scherzer let the Nats breathe out a little on Monday night. Stephen Strasburg could double up soon
Everyone was worried about Max Scherzer after he exited a start early. He looked just fine eariler this week. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, is on his third missed start of an injury that was expected to keep him out for one start. Can we stop panicking, ever?

Howie Kendrick leaves Monday's game early with back stiffness
Dusty Baker expects Kendrick to return on Wednesday and potentially pinch hit tonight. Or not. We don't know. We can hope.

Imagine--if you will--if the Nats had managed to lock in Kenley Jansen
Sure, it would've been an insanely stupid contract at the time, but imagine if the Nats had Jansen instead of the Dodgers, only needed two relievers instead of three, and were that much better (and made the Dodgers that much worse).

Romero doesn't have structural damage in forearm
Enny Romero played catch on Tuesday afternoon, a great sign for the Nats after Romero left during a loss to the Marlins with left forearm stiffness. He was injected with something (he didn't know what) and felt better immediately.

Mike Bacsik, the Nats pitcher who gave up Barry Bonds' 756th home run, reflects ten years later
Bacsik was initially unhappy about being the guy that gave up the home run, but has managed to get over it over the last ten years. (Uh... was Federal Baseball even around then?)

Trade deadline recap: Washington Nationals
The Nationals got their guys at the trade deadline, filling the bullpen's empty slots. Then they got Howie Kendrick. They did what they were supposed to!

The Nats won't have to compete with the Redskins in the NLDS
The entirety of the NLDS will occur during the Redskins' bye week. ALL OF IT. BE QUIET.

Nationals Park ranks 24th in food safety in Major Leagues
The main knock was that the team didn't have enough inspections, and when they did inspect, it wasn't too great. Enjoy your hot dog!

The Nats won't have to compete with the Redskins in the NLDS
The entirety of the NLDS will occur during the Redskins' bye week. ALL OF IT. BE QUIET.

Apartment building's sign reflects change from horrible to horribly great bullpen
"The 9th is dark and full of terrors" became a sign celebrating Madson, Doolittle, and Kintzler.

Today’s Game: Marlins vs Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Adam Conley vs Gio Gonzalez