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Wire Taps: Nationals’ Opening Day postponed; Bryce Harper starts 2018; Execs predict Bryce stays in D.C.

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for tomorrow’s season opener after the Reds made the decision to postpone this afternoon’s schedule matchup...

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Eh, we’ve waited this long. What’s one more day, anyways?

Here’s the scoop from Cincy.

Reds-Nationals Opening Day game postponed
The Reds decided that waiting another day for Opening Day was worth not sludging around in the rain and wind that's about to hit Cincy.

Buster Olney and MLB executives predict Bryce Harper will sign with Nationals or Phillies
Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are among the other potential landing spots for Harper in the survey.

Opening Day survey: $400 million for Harper? A Yankees letdown? MLB execs size up 2018
Most execs think Harper's coming back to D.C., at a price tag above or around Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million with Miami.

With Jayson Werth gone, Nationals are spreading around the leadership role
Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Madson and Shawn Kelley are all taking the lead with the werewolf out of town.

Enjoy the ride, because these Nationals may be as good as they’re going to get
The Nats almost got really healthy at the right time last year. They didn't. This year, with a (knock on wood) full season of Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, and Max Scherzer, all of whom will (knock on wood) (hopefully) be coming into the playoffs with their health, the moment of truth is quite literally upon the team.

Opening Day in Cincinnati: Nats vs. Reds postponed to Friday
Friday was a scheduled off-day for this very scenario.

Bryce Harper steps into the story that's been waiting for him his entire life
Bryce Harper's whole career, whole life has been leading up to this season — more specifically, what comes after it. And with that comes the pressure, which one can see has changed Harper drastically over the years.

Six area natives to be inducted into DC Sports Hall of Fame in 2018
This year's inductees include Steve "DAGGER!" Buckhantz, Grant Hill, and others.

Scherzer to face Bailey in Cincinnati opener
Homer Bailey hasn't pitched well since the early 2010s, but thinks that, with his health under him, he can turn over a new leaf this season. Max Scherzer is attempting to continue the same leaf.

Bold Predictions: Stephen Strasburg will be baseball's best pitcher
"Strasburg is the best per-game pitcher in the majors... health is... the only question."

Sean Doolittle, Eireann Dolan on D.C and activism
The couple, among baseball's most socially active and aware, love being in a place like D.C. where they can be in the room where it happens. But they're focused locally — on potentially starting book clubs for low-graduation rate high schools, on helping to alleviate lunch debt, on helping out with the Nationals' night OUT, and with finding a real solution to local gentrification, including around the Navy Yard.

Tomorrow’s Game: Reds vs Nationals — 4:10 PM
Probable Pitchers: Homer Bailey vs Max Scherzer