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Wire Taps: Daniel Murphy playing in Florida; Ryan Zimmerman breaks out; Mets are human...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for Friday night’s series opener with the Dodgers...

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, so the Nationals didn’t sweep the Mets, and are five back. Which is fine, because the team has an off day, so its bullpen can do these new things called breathing and sleeping that the team is really trying to emphasize.

Here’s what’s live in Los Angeles.

Daniel Murphy playing in extended spring games
Murphy got five at-bats, ran the bases, and is progressing every single day. Anthony Rendon will likely return on Friday, and Matt Wieters will probably be okay.

Ryan Zimmerman hits two home runs vs. Mets
Ryan Zimmerman finally, finally, finally, finally made something happen at the dish.

Many Nationals have had stretches like Zimmerman is going through
Rendon. Bryce Harper. Murphy. All of these guys went through similar (albeit, shorter) periods like Ryan Zimmerman's prolonged April slump.

Back-To-Back Losses Bring Mets Crashing Back To Earth
After going 12-for-14 to start the year, the Mets made it clear that they were, in fact, human all along.

Martinez doesn't want Ryan Zimmerman to change a thing at the plate
Dave Martinez knows Zimmerman is hitting the balls hard. Unfortunately, nothing is working other than what happened last night, and exit velocity doesn't matter unless the ball finds a gap.

The Nationals are slyly paying tribute to Daniel Murphy with a hand signal
No. Ground. Balls. Hit. It. In. The. Air.

Tomorrow’s Game: Nationals vs. Dodgers
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. TBD