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Wire Taps: Max Scherzer for MVP; Brandon Kintzler returns to Nationals; Bryce Harper trails Matt Kemp in ASG vote

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of two with the Rays in Tampa Bay.

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Hey, remember how much fun two nights ago was? Now imagine the opposite.

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Here’s the scoop from Tampa:

Blake Snell loses no-hit bid in seventh inning against Nationals (NBC)
Blake Snell took a no-no into the seventh. It wasn't ideal! Hurray!

Bryce Harper, Trea Turner stay high in voting (MLB)
It seems more than likely that Max Scherzer will make the NL All-Star team, and Sean Doolittle has made a compelling case — but at the moment, Bryce Harper is the team's only position player hope outside of a Juan Soto final vote miracle.

Dave Martinez returns to Tropicana Field (MLB)
Dave Martinez had the first hit at the Trop — and also watched the only World Series ever played there from the home dugout. Needless to say, they like him a fair amount down there.

Nationals' Max Scherzer should win NL MVP (WaPo)
It's nearly impossible to debate Max Scherzer's spot as the top pitcher in the NL, if not in MLB — but he's also simply been the best player, and his numbers are above the standards previous pitcher MVPs set this decade.

Brandon Kintzler returns from disabled list (MLB)
Brandon Kintzler took a few days, a deep breath, and got everything back in place – and now the law firm of Doolittle, Madson, Kintzler, Herrera and co. can get back to work.

Harper trails Matt Kemp in ASG voting (MLB)
Today, in sentences from 2012:

He’s not on Juan Soto’s pace, but Carter Kieboom is well ahead of schedule (WaPo)
The three players the Nats gave up for Kelvin Herrera crucially didn't include Yasel Antuna, Luis Garcia, or Carter Kieboom. None of the three have Victor Robles or Soto's fanfare, and rightfully so, but Kieboom is quickly making a name for himself in Harrisburg. (Also, Victor Robles seems to be progressing ahead of schedule, and Seth Romero is pitching.)