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Wire Taps: Tough schedule has hurt Nationals; Anthony Rendon to rehab; Daniel Murphy far from return

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Pirates...

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Four wins in a row! And Anthony Rendon will be back in two days! Everything is great!

Here’s the beat from South Capitol Street:

Anthony Rendon headed to rehab games
Rendon will start rehab in Woodbridge today!

Max Scherzer pitcher of the month
Scherzer picked up the third honor of his career for a 57-strikeout, 4-win, 1.62 ERA month.

After the MLB All-Star Game in D.C., these seven community projects will be its legacy
The league and the Nationals Dream Foundation announced the first details of projects in Washington, Maryland and Virginia on Wednesday.

A Quick Look at the Nationals’ schedule and its Impact
The Nats are in fourth, but they've played a significant amount of above .500 teams, with a bunch of injuries as well.

MLB Legacy events highlight All-Star Week
The All Star Game at Nationals Park will leave about five million towards the All-Star Legacy Initiative for renovation at public facilities across the region, with everything from affordable housing to the Nats' YBA getting some help.

Against right-handers, Nationals keep getting it right — and win fourth straight
Take note, opposing teams: If you're playing the Nats in a meaningful game, start a lefty.

Anthony Rendon is close to returning. Daniel Murphy … is not.
Murphy's injury clock has hit six and a half months, longer than the planned timetable, but just about right for the realistic timetable.

Anthony Rendon close, Daniel Murphy needs time
"I'm no good to anybody [right now] if I come off the disabled list," Murphy told reporters yesterday.

Murphy admits he can't run well enough to play yet
The knee is healed; it's just a matter of strengthening his quads and hamstrings, unused for six months, to the point of being able to actually run.

Harper hits first career leadoff homer
Bryce Harper, as it turns out, doesn't really care where he hits as long as he gets to hit homers.