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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals on three-game winning streak heading into finale in Arizona...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before tonight’s series finale with the Diamondbacks in Chase Field.

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After going 3-9 in the first twelve one-run games they played this season, Davey Martinez’s Washington Nationals have won two one-run games in the first three of their four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chase Field.

Now the 23-18 Nats have a chance to earn their second four-game sweep of the season, and the third series sweep overall in the finale with the D-backs.

While you wait to see if they can do it, catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news...


Shawn Kelley gets a little help, and the Nats are poised for a sweep at Arizona
"To survive until October, the Nationals need someone besides Kintzler, Doolittle and Ryan Madson to get crucial late-inning outs."

Solís, Kelley, Madson finish off another close win for Nats
"Kelley indeed was fired up, so much so that his fastball (which had been averaging 92.5 mph) went up nearly a full mph to an average of 93.4 mph, topping out at 94.9 mph."

Behind "B" bullpen, Nationals eke out 2-1 win over D-backs
"The Nationals held a slim lead most of the afternoon, but they had countless opportunities to extend it."

Stephen Strasburg strikes out nine in win
"The latest incarnation of the Nationals' lineup looks like a keeper after a second straight victory."

MLB wrap: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper lead Nationals over Diamondbacks
"Strasburg, an ace on almost any other team, has pitched under the shadow of Max Scherzer in recent seasons. He improved to 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA with the strong outing."

Ryan Zimmerman heads to disabled list; Mark Reynolds called up
"Mark Reynolds was in the Nationals’ clubhouse Saturday morning. His name was written on the lineup card. Ryan Zimmerman’s was not."

Ryan Zimmerman hits DL; Mark Reynolds selected
"Zimmerman had been bothered by lower back pain that was aggravated by a couple of aggressive dives within the past week, and the Nationals chose to look at the big picture with the move."


A look at the surprising, and not so surprising, players on the xwOBA leaderboards
"Anyone worried about the fact that Harper has a .228 batting average should be reading a far different website than this one."

Offseason of free-agency discontent foreshadows a possible stormy 2021 labor deal
"Were teams bowing at the altar of the luxury tax or saving their money for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and the next star-studded free-agent class?"

Should Nats fans be worried about their slow start?
"For our first chat, we got into a question on the minds of everyone who expected the Nats to run away with the NL East this season."


Scudder Leads Suns in Rain Shortened Win
"Jake Scudder drove in two runs with three hits to help the Hagerstown Suns win a rain-shortened contest 10-8 against the Charleston RiverDogs at Historic Municipal Stadium on Saturday night."

Potomac Tallies 16 Hits in 7-4 Win
"The offense for the Potomac Nationals (22-14) continues to move along no matter who is in the lineup..."

Walk-off walk lifts Chiefs over PawSox
"Matt Reynolds had three RBIs, two hits, two runs scored, and two walks, including a game-winning, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning."


Freddie Freeman homers twice as Braves win
"Freddie Freeman enjoyed his latest multi-homer game and Jose Bautista made up for part of the costly error that tarnished Mike Soroka's start."

Don Mattingly talks about struggles of Jarlin Garcia and Drew Steckenrider
"Marlins manager Don Mattingly discusses Miami's 10-5 loss, which included three home runs off Jarlin Garcia..."

Lupica: It’s hard to remember the last time Yoenis Cespedes was healthy and played like a star for the Mets
"Yoenis Cespedes is playing, but he is hurt again. This time it is a quad injury. It is always something the past couple of years. That is not his fault. It is just sports."

Matt Klentak acknowledges Ruben Amaro for leaving strong foundation
"Klentak also got a chance to chat with the Mets first base coach - none other than Ruben Amaro Jr., the man who preceded Klentak as Phillies GM."