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Wire Taps: Can Nationals get back into first?; Shawn Kelley activated; Ryan Zimmerman’s injury...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for the start of the second of three with the Padres.

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The second-round curse is broken. The Nats didn’t do it — it was, oddly, the Caps, whose odds to do so I would have only placed ahead of the Wizards, Redskins, and the Nats, and this makes sense now. No matter, the narrative is slowly dying, and as a bonus, these things transmit across sports — take Cleveland in 2016, for instance.

Let’s get the first Wire Taps of the post-curse era on the road:

Juan Soto's legend continues to grow
Soto is hitting monster home runs with a forceful, beautiful swing that is stifling pitchers across the board. Moreover, he really, really understands the strike zone. Remember the name, folks.

Ryan Zimmerman sits out with minor injury
Zimmerman dove for a ball and tightened up his side on Friday — he thought he was ready today, but Davey Martinez gave him another day, because why not?

Can the Nats get back into first?
They have a semi-tough road trip ahead in which they should try and make a few statements against the DBacks, but it may not be enough to get them back in first. Yet.

That Caps win was Washington’s biggest since …
Many games, but most notably, when "[Jayson] Werth, who led off the inning, ensured there would be a decisive Game 5 by launching Lance Lynn's 13th pitch of the at-bat into the visitor's bullpen."

Is Ryan Zimmerman’s injury worse than it seems?
Zimmerman missed Saturday and Sunday after an awkward dive. The team claims he's feeling okay. He claims he's feeling okay. He still didn't play, and if this season has proved anything, it's that "small" injuries are anything but.

The Caps ended the stupidest streak in sports. It matters for everyone.
A second-round victory does the job of un-magnifying the torture that D.C. sports has endured for the last two decades, and can take the weight off some other D.C. franchises (ahem, ahem, Nationals).

Nationals activate Shawn Kelley off disabled list, send Rafael Bautista to Class AAA
Kelley hadn't pitched since April 23rd due to nerve inflammation in his throwing elbow.

Soto, Agustin lead Prospect Team of the Week
Fun fact: Juan Soto is hitting .522 in Potomac, but Telmito Agustin is hitting .476 with 2 home runs there.