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Wire Taps: Questions arise in Bryce Harper-land; Nationals’ bullpen impresses; Barry Trotz + Davey Martinez bromance..

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the two-game set with the Yankees (weather permitting).

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The Yankees are the hottest team in the A.L. The Nats are the hottest team in the N.L.

Tonight is appointment viewing, folks.

Here’s the news from Nats Park.

When it comes to Bryce Harper, doing enough means always doing more
Bryce Harper and Kevin Long took extra sessions throughout the entirety of the Nats' last road trip. Sometimes, he'd have company — but Harper wanted to prove the point that he's the best talent this side of Anaheim. However, his defense is confusingly bad this season. There are a lot of questions in Bryce-land, everyone.

Boswell: The Nationals should keep Jeremy Hellickson on a short rope
Jeremy Hellickson is leaving games in the fifth inning with extreme consistency. It makes sense — his third-time through the order numbers are not major league, but his first and second times are.

Steven Souza Jr. recalls no-hitter-saving grab: ‘It was like God gave me an extra gear’
Steven Souza made perhaps the most memorable play in Nationals history nearly four years ago, and finally got to sit down with MASN and talk about it in detail.

The Pen is Mightier
Last year, Nats fans groaned when their bullpen entered the game because it was so bad. This year, they're groaning because of the fact that it's so good, it's being overused. Progress!

How are the pitching prospects the Nationals once traded faring?
The Nats held on to Juan Soto and Victor Robles the past two years, partially because they traded away their best pitching prospects for Adam Eaton (who hasn't seen a two-week stretch on a baseball diamond for longer than a year) and Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Some of them (Jesus Luzardo, Dane Dunning) are making a name for themselves. Others (Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez) are proving the Nats right for selling high.

Nationals' prospect Juan Soto rising to MLB at rapid pace
The Harrisburg Senators get a lot of fast-risers – take Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Harper, and Robles. Now, Juan Soto is there too, and despite a slow start, he seems ready for the challenge.

Carter Kieboom cracks MiLB team of the week
Kieboom, the No. 85 prospect in baseball, hit .556 last week.

The Caps and Nats are rolling, and Barry Trotz and Dave Martinez can’t stop texting each other
They haven't met face-to-face, because Martinez doesn't want to mess up what seems (SEEMS, KNOCK ON WOOD, TURN AROUND THREE TIMES) to have worked. It's a level of D.C. sports synchronization unseen to this point.

Max Scherzer will move up in the rotation so he can face the Yankees on regular rest
The Nats knew they had two days off this week, so Davey decided to have some fun.