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Wire Taps: Nationals take two in a row in Miami; 10th straight win over Marlins...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Marlins in Miami...

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Washington’s newest reliever, Justin Miller, made his debut with the Nationals in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday afternoon, with two on and two out in a 1-1 game.

It took a total of three pitches for the 30-year-old righty to retire Starlin Castro, who took the third of three 93-94 mph fastballs for a called third strike and out No. 3 of the inning.

“Here’s a guy who worked his way back to the big leagues and they told me he was pitching really well, so I said, ‘Hey, you know, why not?’” Davey Martinez told reporters after the Nats’ 4-1 win, when asked about throwing the reliever right in.

“He was getting righties out, and I gave him the ball and he came in stone-face, and he looked good, and threw three perfect pitches, kept us in the game.”

After the Marlins stranded two in the home-half of the eighth, making an out at the plate after getting runners on second and third with one out, the Nationals scored three in the ninth to take the lead and eventually their second straight from the Marlins in the series that wraps up today.


Nationals save their fireworks for late, push past Marlins
"Wilmer Difo made the home run signal as he sprinted around first base, and he didn’t slow down."

Tanner Roark strong as Nationals rally late
"Reynolds' homer, his 73rd career go-ahead homer, was projected by Statcast™ at 390 feet with an exit velocity of 106.1 mph and a 36-degree launch angle."

Could Mark Reynolds Be Washington’s Scott Hatteberg?
"Fortunately for the Nationals, General Manager Mike Rizzo and the front office prioritized bolstering the teams’ depth this winter with several low-key signings."

Nationals reliever Matt Grace to go on rehab assignment Monday
"Grace logged a 5.06 ERA in 10 2/3 innings before sustaining the injury, which left Sammy Solis as the only left-handed reliever in the Nationals’ bullpen besides closer Sean Doolittle."

Zimmerman takes grounders at first, Grace headed to Harrisburg
"Zimmerman has been swinging the bat off of light tosses in the batting cage underneath the stadium."

Jeremy Hellickson not set back by blister
"Martinez said that Gio Gonzalez would throw on Monday in the series opener with the Orioles and Hellickson would get his regular rotation start on Tuesday."


Orioles' Manny Machado, Nationals' Bryce Harper take different roads to free agency
"There obviously will be no talk of a Beltway World Series when the Orioles and Washington Nationals renew their interleague rivalry starting Monday at Camden Yards. There will only be Manny and Bryce."


Jason Vargas struggles again in defeat
"For a team built around pitching, the Mets find themselves, a little more than one-third of the way through this season, with precious few pitchers they can trust."

Aaron Nola loses no-no in 7th win vs. Jays
"When Aaron Nola finished a scoreless first inning in the Phillies 2-1 win, a tiny "F" appeared on the out-of-town scoreboard on Citizens Bank Park's right-field fence."

Calendar may say Braves for real but timeline suggests caution
"It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the Braves have blown the dust off of an old tradition: a pennant race."

A Closer Look: Washington Nationals 4, Miami Marlins 1
"Chen was able to last into the eighth inning, in part, because his pitch count allowed him to."