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Wire Taps: Nationals 4-1 on road with two to go in Arizona; Max Scherzer Ks 11 in 3-1 win over D-backs + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 3rd of 4 with the Diamondbacks in Chase Field.

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With Matt Wieters on the 10-Day DL, and waiting for the swelling to go down in his left leg so they can fully assess the damage, Pedro Severino is going to get significant starts over the next few weeks, and Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said he needs the 24-year-old to do more of what he’s done so far this season.

“I just want him to continue to do what he’s been doing. I mean, he’s been awesome,” the first-year skipper said. “I know he shares time with Wieters, but he’s been really good the times he’s gotten the chance to play, now he’s going to get some more time to play. So I just want him to continue doing what he’s been doing.”

Severino went 1 for 4 on Friday night, and worked with Max Scherzer through seven innings on the mound in which Scherzer struck out 11 and retired the final 15 batters he faced. Nice start...


Max Scherzer fans 11 for MLB-leading 7th win
"Scherzer is 6-0 in eight starts against the D-backs, who brought him to the Majors 10 years ago."

Max Scherzer is dominant again as Nationals subdue Diamondbacks
"Scherzer lowered his ERA to 1.69, but obsesses more over strikeouts. He doesn’t believe in 'pitching to contact' — doesn’t think the phrase makes sense."

With early escape, Scherzer sets tone in Nationals' latest win
"As he hopped off the mound, Scherzer pumped his fist and let out a roar. It was the end of the first inning. It might as well have been the end of the seventh."

Scherzer fans 11, pitches Nationals past Diamondbacks 3-1
"Scherzer (7-1) retired 15 in a row after giving up a home run to David Peralta leading off the third inning. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner also hit an RBI double, and remained unbeaten since April 4."

Matt Wieters on DL with hamstring strain
"Eaton, 29, has been on the disabled list since April 11 (retroactive to April 9) with a left ankle bruise. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .345..."

Wieters placed on 10-day DL, Kieboom promoted (updated)
"Manager Davey Martinez said results of today’s MRI will be sent to the Nationals’ medical staff, which will examine Wieters in person after the club returns to Washington early next week."

Matt Wieters headed to the DL, giving Spencer Kieboom a shot with the Nationals
"Though he underwent an MRI exam Friday morning, Wieters is still swollen in the area, and the Nationals plan to reevaluate him when they return to D.C."

Oh, Gio: Reflecting on the Southpaw’s Years with Washington
"The Nationals could potentially lose a franchise mainstay this coming offseason. A player who has brought magic to Nats fans, one whose arrival signified a turning point from mediocrity to excellence."


In defense of tanking in the ring-counting era of sports
"Maybe we’ll appreciate Clayton Kershaw despite his postseason ERA and we’ll applaud a team like the Washington Nationals for making the playoffs four out of the last six years."

Golden Knights fever catching on in Washington, too
"Although he is 2,000 miles away from his desert haunts, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has become an unofficial cheerleader for the Golden Knights..."

Out of uniform and not managing, Baker relishes watching son
"The 68-year-old Baker never gets used to this, but he now has endured firings by the Cubs, Reds and Nationals."

Goold: Former Cardinals slugger Adams relishes role with Nationals
"With a series of swings and one cherished catch, [Matt] Adams asserted his place as a part-time starter and all-time factor for the Nationals, his new team."

The Capitals are now selling the #AllCaps hats they gave Washington Nationals players
"The Capitals are now selling custom items promoting their #AllCaps hashtag, including the same hats they gave Washington Nationals players during the Penguins series."


Raquet Shines in Suns 2-0 Loss on Friday
"Nick Raquet allowed one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts in a 2-0 Hagerstown Suns loss to the West Virginia Power on Friday night at Historic Municipal Stadium."

P-Nats Escape with 4-3 Win Over Frederick
"A night after the Potomac Nationals (21-14) set a new season high for both runs and hits, they escaped in nail-biting fashion over the Frederick Keys..."

Reyes Stellar in 5-0 Shutout Loss to New Hampshire
"The Harrisburg Senators fell to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5-0 Friday night at FNB Field."

Chiefs fall to PawSox, 12-2
"The Pawtucket Red Sox scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 12-2 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium."