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Wire Taps: Nationals lose opener to Giants; Stephen Strasburg headed for MRI on right shoulder...

It was not a good night in the nation’s capital, one night after one of the best for Washington, D.C. sports in a long time.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a quick turnaround today, with the second game of three against the San Francisco Giants set to start at 12:05 PM EDT in D.C. (weather permitting), so get started on these Washington Nationals links posthaste...


Stephen Strasburg exits with shoulder injury (
"Stephen Strasburg exited the Nationals' 9-5 loss to the Giants after two innings Friday with right shoulder inflammation. The right-hander will undergo an MRI on Saturday."

Shoulder injury leaves Strasburg, Nats waiting for MRI results (MASN)
"Strasburg didn’t suffer from any significant drop in velocity tonight, nor in his recent starts."

Stephen Strasburg departs, Nationals roughed up in loss to Giants (Washington Times)
"Pitching eight years to the day of his major league debut, Strasburg (6-6) was taken out after throwing just 35 pitches."

Stephen Strasburg exits early with injury concerns in Nats’ loss to Giants (WaPost)
"When Stephen Strasburg did not jog out to start the third inning of Friday night’s 9-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants, his absence lingered."

Bullpen weighs lack of use versus overuse after Strasburg leaves early (MASN)
"In a game where your starter lasts only two innings, the bullpen goes into action with all hands on deck."

Adam Eaton close to return from ankle injury (
"Eaton missed the majority of last season due to a left ACL tear. Martinez said the Nationals want to be cautious with the 29-year-old because of his injury history."


This Day in Baseball History: Stephen Strasburg makes his MLB debut (
"Here are just a smattering of quotes offered by scouts about Stephen Strasburg during his junior year at San Diego State..."

Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija hope to return to Giants in June (Mercury News)
"[Andrew] Suárez and [Dereck] Rodríguez combined to throw 13 innings of one-run ball in the Giants sweep of the Phillies last weekend, but pitching on the road is a tougher challenge for young starters to tackle."

Series Preview: San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals - (McCovey Chronicles)
"It’s hard to get worked up about beating a team whose fans have only experienced disappointment and heartbreak."


Corredor's Five Hits Lead Suns in DH Split (
"Aldrem Corredor had five hits while Luis Garcia had four, helping the Suns split a double header with the Delmarva Shorebird on Friday night..."

P-Nats Rout Lynchburg 9-3 - (
"With four runs over the first two innings, the Potomac Nationals (30-26) eased their way to a 9-3 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats (26-30) on Friday night."

Senators Comeback from Five-Run Deficit to Beat Richmond - (
"The game remained tied at 7-7 until the eighth. Daniel Murphy launched a solo home run over the right-field fence, his second on his rehab assignment, to put the Senators ahead 8-7."

Daniel Murphy looks like himself at the plate in Class AA rehab game at Richmond - (WaPost)
"In his ninth game with the Harrisburg Senators, Murphy looked like himself at the plate, resembling the dangerous, launch-angle-happy hitting machine that starred for the Nationals the past two seasons, though his timing was a little off."

Chiefs top Stripers, 3-2, Friday night - (
"The Syracuse Chiefs held on for a 3-2 win over the Gwinnett Stripers Friday night at Coolray Field."


Former Jaguar Pogue surprised by draft notice (Linn County Leader)
"Colton Pogue’s lifelong dream came true Wednesday afternoon when the Blue Springs South High School grad and former Examiner Player of the Year learned he had been taken in the 29th round by the Washington Nationals..."

Irvin Named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year - (Sooner Sports)
"Oklahoma baseball right-handed pitcher Jake Irvin was recognized for his commitment in the classroom as the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on Friday."

Notre Dame Baseball: Cole Daily Drafted by Washington Nationals (One Foot Down)
"On Wednesday, Cole Daily became the third member of the 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team to be taken in the 2018 MLB Draft."