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Wire Taps: Nationals sweep doubleheader; Juan Soto’s crazy day; Ryan Zimmerman’s future

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the finale with the Phillies.

MLB: Game Two-Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals played this game yesterday. We think it has something to do with sticks and balls — cricket, maybe?

Here’s the scoop from Philly:

Juan Soto passes Ken Griffey Jr. on HR list (
With his seventeenth and eighteenth homers for the Nats, Soto passed Ken Griffey Jr. on the home run rankings for teenagers. He only needs four to tie Bryce Harper...

Ryan Zimmerman has always been a Nat. But will he always be a Nat? (WaPo)
Zimmerman knows the deal: 35 year olds with spotty health records don't get $20 million a year, which is the price on his team option for 2020. But he wants to stay in Washington, and he wants to do it at a fair price for the team — and it seems like the team isn't totally opposed to that.

Joe Ross could start again for the Nationals on Thursday, weather permitting (WaPo)
“We’re still up in the air, but if everything works out and we get a chance to play [Thursday], as of right now I would think it would be Joe,” Martinez said Tuesday. “Like I said, we’re not for sure on that, we don’t know if we want to hold him back or let him pitch on Thursday.”

The Nationals’ approach to all these rain delays? ‘Whatever will keep you sane’ (WaPo!)
Cards. Netflix. Running. Hitting. Staring into the void. Wondering if the sun will ever come out again. These are just a few of the things Nats do while waiting for baseball to happen.

Soto keeps climbing the teenage ladder (MASN)
Soto had a crazy day, with two homers, a phenomenal catch, and two hits in the day game.

Kieboom loses tooth early, hits 1st HR (NBCSNW)
Kieboom chipped his tooth eating a baguette earlier in the day and then hit a homer. He's a hockey player, folks.

Spencer Kieboom hits first homer in Nats' win |
As he stepped up to the plate before connecting on his first career-home run, Kieboom appeared to spit part of his tooth out on the ground, but after the game, he clarified that he had actually lost his tooth at breakfast earlier that day. "Unfortunately it was not my tooth," he said with a laugh. "I know everybody wants it to be my tooth."