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Wire Taps: Shawn Kelley impressing in return; Bryce Harper continues dominance; Adam Eaton likes lower spot in order...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Braves.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

So, the 162-0 dream is dead. On the bright side, Bryce Harper’s still good, Max Scherzer pitches today, and the Nats return to D.C. tomorrow. Huzzah.

Here’s what’s cooking in Cobb County.

Nats’ spark plug Adam Eaton would have more fun hitting lower in the order
Adam Eaton is okay with leadoff. As he's shown in the first five games of the season, he can make it work. But he loves the options that hitting lower in the order affords him.

Bryce Harper homers in third straight game
This Bryce Harper guy... he may be on to something with this "hitting home runs a lot" thing.

Kelley's 2018 debut displays renewed confidence and strength
After an incredibly rough 2017, Shawn Kelley needed a quick, sit-em-down inning to begin the process of re-finding his confidence. He did exactly that on Monday night.

Davey Martinez on lineup, A.J. Cole, Daniel Murphy, Jeremy Hellickson and more
Jeremy Hellickson threw 80 to 90 pitches yesterday in West Palm. He's... he's on his way, hopefully.

2018 NL East Rankings Part 2: The Pitchers
Unsurprisingly, the Nats lead the way.

Daniel Murphy continues to make progress, but his return remains a ways off
Daniel Murphy is running on the field and swinging a bat, but he's yet to put full weight on his legs in the cage.

The Nats move their best hitter to their number two spot for one, brief, fleeting moment
The first lineup: Eaton, Harper, Rendon. The second lineup, posted moments later: Eaton, Rendon, Harper. If only, if only.

The Nationals’ perfect start to the season ends with A.J. Cole getting shelled by the Braves
A.J. Cole walked a slew of batters, which would have been fine had he not allowed ten hits, meaning that his first start went off the rails in nearly all ways possible.

Bryce Harper has yet to strike out
This article was from before last night's game, but it still applies. Have a first week of a contract season, Bryce Harper.

Today’s Game: Nationals vs Braves — 12:10 PM
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs Mike Foltynewicz