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Washington’s Nationals dropped a second straight game to the Atlanta Braves. Will some returning stars boost the Nats’ offense when they are back?

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A teammate of Bryce Harper’s says he wants to stay with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg had a cramp in his hand. Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy were in Harrisburg while the Nats were losing in Atlanta + more in today’s links...

NATS BEAT:

Strasburg's one mistake costs Nats on night Braves made none (MASN)
"Stephen Strasburg felt like he made only one mistake, a curveball down in the zone but over the plate to Dansby Swanson with two outs in the bottom of the seventh."

Stephen Strasburg takes loss, exits with cramp (MLB.com)
"Strasburg finally yielded in the seventh, when the Braves scored four runs, punctuated by a three-run homer from Dansby Swanson to lead Atlanta to a 4-0 victory."

Swanson’s 3-run homer backs dominant ‘Folty’ performance (AJC)
"In one of the two best performances of Foltynewicz’s career, he limited the Nationals to two hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts, mixing 97-99 mph fastballs with curveballs and sliders..."

Nationals’ return to full health continues with activation of Brian Goodwin (WaPost)
"The first of the long-injured Nationals returned Friday night when Washington activated Brian Goodwin from the 10-day disabled list..."

Nats are punchless — and nearly hitless — in second straight loss to Braves (WaPost)
"Adams, who has played against and with Foltynewicz, said he has never seen the right-hander so good."

Return of key players could impact lineup (Nats lose 4-0) (MASN)
“We are going to have an influx of guys,” Martinez said. “We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to work that out."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Teammate predicts Harper stays with Nationals (FRSBaseball)
"A teammate of Bryce Harper says he believes Harper wants to stay as a Washington National."

The Two-Month MLB Power Rankings (The Ringer)
"The first couple of months of the season were a preview of the NL East in years to come, but I feel pretty confident about Washington holding onto the division lead in 2018."

2018 MLB Mock Draft v 3.0 (FanGraphs)
"The Nationals have been chasing mostly injured or tough-sign prep players. They prefer Wilcox to Denaburg and also have some interest in Ginn and Thomas."

York lefty Ross Detwiler’s contract is purchased by the Seattle Mariners (FOX43)
"Left-hander Ross Detwiler is leaving the York Revolution after his contract was picked up by the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Friday."

Pop-Up Rosé Garden Opening At Nationals Park (DC Patch)
"A new rosé garden will be opening at Nationals Park for fans thirsty for something a little classier than a big plastic cup of Budweiser."

LEADING OFF: Price vs Verlander in duel of former Cy winners (USA TODAY)
"Outfielder Adam Eaton (left ankle) went 0 for 2 with a walk in his first game with the Senators on Friday."

NATS MINORS:

Suns Fall 5-3 in Kannapolis on Friday (MiLB.com)
"The Hagerstown Suns losing streak continued on Friday, extending to a season-long five games after a 5-3 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators at Intimidator Stadium."

Astros Take Back and Forth Affair 6-5 (MiLB.com)
"Potomac jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame, as RF Jack Sundberg poked a double down the left field line on a two-strike, two-out pitch, which plated two runs..."

Johnson Sends Senators to Walk-Off Win (MiLB.com)
"Murphy, playing his fifth game on rehab with the club, went 1-3 with a runs scored across nine innings."

One key adjustment sparked Syracuse Chiefs infielder to top of IL hitting leaders (Syracuse.com)
"Syracuse Chiefs infielder Jacob Wilson was taken aback when informed recently that he sits atop the International League with a batting average of .333."