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Wire Taps: Nationals beat Marlins, Daniel Murphy, Brian Goodwin join Senators; Justin Miller in Nats’ bullpen...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s matchup with the Marlins, which starts at 4:00 PM EDT.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It took six innings from Max Scherzer, four relievers in the seventh, and five outs from Sean Doolittle, but the Nationals beat the Marlins in last night’s series opener in Miami. So about that bullpen usage?

“At that point I told [pitching coach Derek Lilliquist], “All hands on deck,’” Davey Martinez explained when asked about how handled things once Scherzer was done.

“We’ve got to keep the game where we’re at and get a win out of it. And the boys in the bullpen did great.”

Sammy Solis tied Rockies’ reliever Bryan Shaw with his 27th appearance in 49 games when he took the mound last night...


Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals game recap, May 25
"Martin Prado’s best night of the season ended in the worst possible way."

Nationals begin series at Miami: 3 things to watch for
"Despite 15 wins in 21 games, the Nationals have several everyday players struggling at the plate."

Nationals’ Daniel Murphy, Brian Goodwin to begin rehab assignments on Saturday
"Daniel Murphy and Brian Goodwin are slated to join Class AA Harrisburg on Saturday to begin rehab assignments, Nationals Manager Dave Martinez said Friday."

Murphy, Goodwin to rehab with Double-A Harrisburg
"The plan is to bring Murphy along slowly on this rehab assignment because the Nationals want to make sure he has the strength he needs in the knee."

Three-time NL All-Star Daniel Murphy to rehab with Senators this weekend
"The Harrisburg Senators announced on Friday two Washington Nationals' players coming off the 10-day disabled list are expected to play games with the team over the weekend."

Justin Miller joins Nationals bullpen
"Mostly a fastball/slider pitcher for the majority of his career, Miller has developed a split that he feels comfortable throwing."

Miller's relationship with Kintzler helped Nats get eyes on him - Byron Kerr
"Miller said he retooled his diet, strength and overall fitness in the offseason at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Fla."


Fantasy baseball forecaster for Week 9 -- May 28-June 3 with rankings, projections, two-start pitchers
"A pair of National League teams with cluttered first base/outfield pictures benefit from visiting American League ballparks during their interleague series..."

Mike Trout's Brilliance Complicates Bryce Harper's Quest For $400 Million Contract
"Baseball’s most alluring conversations heading into the summer months involve Bryce Harper and his upcoming free agency at the end of the season."

NL East prospects to watch
"The future is now for the fastest-rising prospect in baseball. A month ago, Soto was still in Class A..."


Boston-area native Sean Newcomb, budding Braves ace, takes on Red Sox
"Sean Newcomb will walk to the mound Saturday for his 29th start, and do it on what is hallowed ground for New Englanders such as him..."

Amed Rosario working on bunting with Mets bench coach Gary DiSarcina
"At the end of a recent bunting lesson, the pupil, Amed Rosario, posed a question to the instructor, Mets bench coach Gary DiSarcina..."

Phillies fall short after a rare dud from a starting pitcher
"For all the numbers-crunching and the metrics and the math, the winning formula has been rather elementary lately for the Phillies."