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Wire Taps: Nationals hit seven home runs; Nats’ phenom Juan Soto an All-Star?

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before tonight’s 6:05 PM matchup with the Phillies...

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

So, yeah, that’s what offense looks like. Down below here, that’s what links look like. Dig in, tonight’s game is at 6:05 PM, read them as quickly as you can...

NATS BEAT:

Nats flip the script with seven homers in 17-7 win - (MASN)
"The manner in which the Nationals lineup finally exploded did not matter. The mere fact it did during a 17-7 victory at Citizens Bank Park did matter."

Bryce Harper and Juan Soto club homers in win - (MLB.com)
"Trea Turner wore a wide smile on his face as he got the offense started with a two-run homer two batters into the game."

Nationals power up early and often in 17-7 rout of Phillies - (WaPost)
"The Nationals forced Phillies pitchers to make good pitches, and they often didn’t."

Juan Soto, Nationals play longball - (Washington Times)
“'I just try to make good contact,' said Soto, when asked if he was trying to go deep. 'I hope we can do the same thing; tomorrow we have the same plan … like today. Everybody had fun.'"

Trea Turner building All-Star Game case - (MLB.com)
"Turner currently ranks fifth among NL shortstops with 380,331 votes, behind the Giants' Brandon Crawford (1,701,098), the Braves' Dansby Swanson (888,077), the Cubs' Addison Russell (771,478) and the Rockies' Trevor Story (555,788)."

Will Nats convince Zimmerman to go on rehab assignment? - (MASN)
"Ryan Zimmerman took the unusual step this afternoon of walking into the visitors’ bullpen at Citizens Bank Park with a bat in hand."

Zimmerman, Adams eye return with the Nationals - (Washington Times)
“'Yea, things are good. Things are getting better,' Zimmerman, who is travelling with the team, said here Friday. 'You can’t put a timetable on it because you just never know.'"

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Nationals OF Juan Soto on record pace after huge night vs. Phillies - (Yahoo!Sports)
"The reason for why Soto isn’t on the ballot and why he’s a burgeoning star deserving of an All-Star nod are basically the same..."

The 3 most surprising and 3 most disappointing MLB teams of the first half of 2018 - (The Comeback)
"They’ve fallen back to third in the NL East behind the Braves and Phillies, and are even out of the Wild Card race as well."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Teheran, Braves quiet Cardinals bats in road win - (AJC.com)
"Julio Teheran and Miles Mikolas put on a pitchers’ duel on an uncomfortably hot Friday night in St. Louis."

A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 8, New York Mets 2 - (Sun Sentinel)
"The Marlins are now 33-50, on pace to go 64-98. They have the worst record in the National League, and are one game behind the Mets for fourth place in the NL East."

Mets’ one-time vital cog is now just a forgotten man - (New York Post)
"This is crystal clear. These Mets are no longer Yo’s team."

Royals scouts watching Phillies' minor-league system in prep for possible Mike Moustakas trade - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"It’s no secret that the Phillies are considering an upgrade at third base — both for the long and short term."