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Wire Taps: Matt Adams takes fastball off finger; Nationals drop opener to Blue Jays...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 2nd of 3 with the Blue Jays in Toronto...

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Matt Adams tried to bunt his way on against the Toronto Blue Jays’ shift in the top of the second inning of last night’s game, but took a fastball off the left index finger when he squared around.

Washington’s first baseman stayed in and struck out, and remained in the game, but when the Nationals took the field for the bottom of the third, Mark Reynolds replaced Adams at first base.

After what ended up a 6-5 loss, the 29-year-old slugger was asked what he was thinking after fouling a ball off his foot recently and then catching his finger.

“I think about it as I’m not going to try to bunt from here on out,” Adams joked. “It’s just part of the game. It is what it is. Stuff like this happens and you just try to stay in a good mindset about it.”

His level of concern?

“We’ll just revisit it tomorrow,” Adams said. “It is what is it is, but I think right now it’s just day to day, and get some treatment and see how it feels.”

NATS BEAT:

Matt Adams exits after finger hit on foul bunt - (MLB.com)
"Adams initially attempted to remain in the game despite his injury. He finished his at-bat after getting hit by right-hander Aaron Sanchez's 95-mph fastball..."

Gio Gonzalez, Nationals lose to Blue Jays - (MLB.com)
"Even after Gio Gonzalez battled through six innings on Friday at Rogers Centre, the Nationals tried to push the left-hander into the seventh inning with the score tied."

North of the border, things go south for the Nats in the seventh inning - (WaPost)
"Of all the players in the Nationals’ starting lineup, Adam Eaton had the most experience at Rogers Centre entering Friday night’s series opener against the Blue Jays."

Against a late Canadian dusk, a lost ball costs the Nats - (MASN)
“'I’ll be honest with you: I was with Adam on that one,' the left-hander said. 'I didn’t see it at all.'"

Tim Cate, Nationals’ second-round pick, signed and ready for workouts - (Washington Times)
“‘I can tell it is a well-run organization,’ Cate said in a telephone interview Thursday night from Florida. ‘I am really happy to be a part of it. There are great players in the organization. It is definitely cool to be part of it.’”

Daniel Murphy seeks return to the field, but he’ll be DH so long as Nats have that luxury - (WaPost)
Daniel Murphy is a perfect designated hitter in his current state — and perhaps in any state — a player whose offensive talents already transcended his defense before major knee surgery.”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Solarte's big night helps Jays fend off Nationals - (CBC Sports)
"Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of homers, including a two-run shot in the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Friday night."

Talking To Davey Johnson About Numbers, Players, And What Managers Actually Do - (Deadspin)
"Johnson’s career was long and successful, but he was prevented from doing more than he did by a badly misdiagnosed injury that he suffered at the end of his time in Baltimore."

Rosenthal: Q&A with Nats hitting guru Kevin Long—on a star rookie, Harper’s slump, launch angles, and more – (The Athletic - Subscription only)
"He starts expanding. He tries harder and really, really expands the zone. He’s gotta stay in the strike zone, bottom line." - Kevin Long on Bryce Harper's struggles

Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are early leaders in the Cy Young race - (Beyond the Box Score)
"Through his first 14 starts, Scherzer has been near-unhittable."

Interleague play might be tired, but Scherzer is a treat to watch - (TSN)
"If you were to pick one game this weekend to attend, I would recommend Saturday’s matchup between Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer and Jays starter Marco Estrada."

Juan Soto Is Going to Be Great Because D.C. Sports Are Good Now - (The Ringer)
"Soto has now played in just 20 games with the Nationals, a rapturous three-and-a-half-week stretch..."

Florida signee Denaburg is Florida Dairy Farmers top 6A baseball player - (Florida Today)
"Mason Denaburg, the 27th overall pick in this month's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, was voted the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 6A Baseball Player of the Year by the state's coaches and media members.”

NL EAST UPDATES:

Terry Collins reacted to viral video, which taught us a lot of inside stuff - (SNY)
"I called Terry Collins this morning, curious if he knew that a video of him fuming at an umpire in 2016 had gone viral overnight. He did not."

Jose Urena dominates Orioles in win - (MLB.com)
"With the Marlins' bullpen stretched paper thin, right-hander Jose Urena threw one of his best games at one of the best possible times."

Braves' bullpen falters in loss to Padres - (MLB.com)
"Now that the Braves feel good about the depth in their rotation, they may have to further their thoughts about possibly using their starting pitching surplus to bolster their bullpen."

Phillies learning how to navigate through turbulent times | Bob Brookover - (Philly.com)
"The Phillies arrived in Milwaukee on Thursday night as a team in contention."