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Wire Taps: Adrian Sanchez + Rafael Bautista recalled; Juan Soto promoted to Potomac; Bryce Harper and hustle

Will the Washington Nationals end their four-game slide in the series finale in San Francisco’s AT&T Park?

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Here’s the good news: Max Scherzer is pitching today. Here’s the bad news: The Nats shouldn’t need to have Max Scherzer on the hill to be confident. And yet, here we are.

Here’s the scoop from San Francisco.

A day after Gio Gonzalez’s temper flared, he and Davey Martinez get on same page
According to Martinez, the two sat down and talked down, and Martinez cited that the bullpen was fresh and usable, so he thought it would be a good call (it wasn't).

No, Bryce Harper should not be running hard on every grounder
Bryce Harper ran slowly on a misplay from Chase Utley on Sunday night that could have gotten the Nats the win in hindsight. But after last year's knee debacle, and given the limited pace at which Harper actually hits grounders, it makes complete sense for him to take it easy if he thinks the play will be made.

Nats throw Adrian Sanchez right into lineup, hope Rafael Bautista stays hot
Rafael Bautista has been hitting .429 with a .966 OPS for the Chiefs, and thinks he has a better grasp of the strike zone than before.

Sanchez and Bautista promoted, Reynolds demoted, Kelley to DL
Matt Reynolds will get everyday ABs in Syracuse, while Adrian Sanchez and Rafael Bautista will provide... uh, something different?

Nationals place Shawn Kelley on disabled list, call up Rafael Bautista, Adrian Sanchez
The DL now includes: Brian Goodwin, Matt Grace, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy, Koda Glover, Joaquin Benoit, and Joe Ross.

Gonzalez upset, Kelley injured during Nationals' 4-2 loss
"It sucks... Apparently, I've just got to some way, somehow, convince that I can go past five innings," Gonzalez told the media Monday night.

Nationals’ West Coast trip continues to be a stumble
Four in a row! Not the good kind! This is fine!

Juan Soto promoted to High-A Potomac
"Soto is... destined for the top 10 [prospects] if he keeps ripping."

Adrian Sanchez, Rafael Bautista recalled
Roster moves, get your roster moves here...

‘Pitching Ninja’ is back in baseball’s good graces. Here’s what he has learned.
Rob Friedman posts pitching gifs on Twitter, helping to expand the reach of the game. Twitter suspended him, because his legal authority to post the clips was murky at best. But MLB came to their senses, and they've come to a long-term agreement.

Ronald Acuña promoted to Atlanta, per reports
The Braves just got a lot scarier.