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Wire Taps: Nationals-O’s rivalry reaching new level; Daniel Murphy close to return; Max Scherzer best #11 pick ever

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news after their Memorial Day win over the Orioles...

Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The good news: The Nats now have second place in the NL East and would host the Wild Card game if the season ended today.

The bad news: The Caps lost, and it’s time to panic again.

The worst news: Because everyone was either watching or writing about the Caps, there’s not much Nats news...

Anyways, here’s the beat from Baltimore:

The Nationals are getting the best of the Orioles in a rivalry that didn’t have to be bitter
Nationals fans were dominant in Camden Yards on Monday afternoon in a dominant win for the Nats. Sure, they're 11-21 all-time at OPACY. But even with their missing MASN money and Bryce Harper questions, it felt a whole lot better to be a Nats fan yesterday — as it has for the last few years. And it very well may continue on.

Daniel Murphy is having an encouraging rehab
As soon as Murphy can run without any discomfort whatsoever, he'll be in Washington. Davey Martinez thinks that'll be pretty soon.

Monday’s News & Notes in the Minors
Syracuse blew a lead, Daniel Murphy keeps hitting in Double-A, and everyone else won.

Best MLB player drafted at each 1st-round slot
11. Max Scherzer... dominated the Big 12 before going No. 11 overall to the D-Backs in 2006. Bryce Harper is an honorable mention at number one.

After six-RBI day, Nationals’ Daniel Murphy could be back ‘fairly soon’
Murphy has been swinging in the cages for months, so his swing is fine – it's just a matter of his movement. In the meantime, Adam Eaton is running in the outfield as well as taking BP, and Ryan Zimmerman is moving towards a return.

One week in, Soto showing he can make adjustments
"Eight games into his career, Soto continues to show he can handle this tough assignment. He’s now batting .320 (8-for-25) with a .414 OBP and .974 OPS."

Bryce Harper shouldn’t be measured against his MVP season. But how exactly should he be judged?
"Memorial Day has come and gone, and Bryce Harper is hitting .232. The stat heads will say average doesn’t matter..."