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Wire Taps: Nationals and Dodgers try to play a doubleheader today after rainout; Matt Wieters’ surgery + more...

Another day’s worth of Nationals news after another day without baseball, but the Nats and Dodgers are going to try to play again and attempt to play a doubleheader today...

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Just don’t look at the forecast for this afternoon. Just. Don’t. Do. It. They’re going to play two games today. There will be a doubleheader. Say it with me: There will be a doubleheader. If there isn’t, we’re going to start turning this site into one which does nothing but advocate for some streaming service or tv station out there to pick up Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for a third season, at least. That’s it for today’s link intro. Now go start reading while we wait for the start of today’s games...

NATS BEAT:

Wieters' return to D.C., Murphy's return to spring games delayed
"At this point, the Nationals are saying only that Wieters will miss significant time."

‘No timetable’ on Nationals’ Matt Wieters after catcher undergoes hamstring surgery
"Matt Wieters underwent hamstring surgery in Fort Worth on Thursday. His flight back to D.C. was delayed by weather."

Nats have some time to make catching decisions
"The immediate reaction to Thursday’s news of Matt Wieters’ hamstring surgery was to wonder how quickly Mike Rizzo will be on the phone in search of another catcher."

The Nationals’ layoff continues, with first game of Dodgers series postponed by rain
"Martinez was asked when a layoff is too long for pitchers. He said they’re already there."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Dodgers-Nats postponed; twin bill Saturday
"Friday's game was postponed because rain -- a staple in the nation's capital all week -- was forecasted throughout the evening."

Nationals face unprecedented layoff after latest rainout
"The Washington Nationals are facing close to a week off after a third rain-impacted game of the week on Friday night."

The Nationals' Matt Adams is joining Capitals winger T.J. Oshie as an investor in NoSweat
"Washington Nationals utility man Matt Adams might be one of the hottest hitters on the team this season, but he's not sweating his latest investment."

Why NL East Is Most Exciting Division Race in Baseball
"The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies sit atop the NL East, but the Washington Nationals are starting to find their midseason form and the New York Mets are not far behind."

Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Franmil Reyes, Austin Meadows, more
"Ryan Zimmerman's DL stint prompted Reynolds' call-up from the minors and he promptly hit two homers in his first game."

Cole or Scherzer could set strikeout-rate mark
"Through nine outings apiece -- somewhere between one-quarter and one-third of a full season for an MLB starter -- Max Scherzer of the Nationals and Gerrit Cole of the Astros sport strikeout rates above 40 percent."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Are the Phillies for real? Absolutely
"Is it too early to tell anything? Is it too soon to declare manager Gabe Kapler’s team a contender?"

Jacob deGrom strikes out career-high 13
"Despite those interruptions, deGrom lost nothing in the way of effectiveness. He matched his career high with 13 strikeouts Friday in a 3-1 win over the D-backs at Citi Field..."

Miami Marlins add two starting pitchers to boost bullpen
"The addition of Conley and Peters, along with Jarlin Garcia gives the Marlins three lefties in their bullpen. Until recently, they had none."

Braves rotation maneuverings: Newcomb gets extra rest, Gohara could start...
"Newcomb, 24, is riding a 20-inning scoreless streak and hasn’t permitted a run since April 26. He’s lowered his season ERA to 2.51."