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Wire Taps: Justin Miller headed to 10-Day IL; Nationals drop opener to Pirates + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before this afternoon’s 4:05 game against the Pirates...

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Another day, another bullpen blowup. Now Justin Miller is headed to the Injured List with a lower back issue, so there will be a new reliever in the bullpen for the second of three with the Pirates this afternoon (4:05 PM start).

While we wait to hear who it is, catch up on the latest Nationals news. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Bullpen's latest collapse ends with [Justin] Miller headed to IL - (MASN)
"Suffice it to say, the Nationals relief corps - already a mess two weeks into the season - is going to have to undergo even more changes..."

Nationals reliever Justin Miller headed to injured list with lower-back strain - (WaPost)
"[Davey] Martinez figured something was wrong, and his suspicions were confirmed. Miller has a lower-back strain and will head to the 10-day injured list."

Rendon belts 2 HRs, but 'pen falters in extras - (MLB.com)
"The Nats were nearly saved by Rendon, who mashed a pair of home runs, a solo shot in the third inning and then a game-tying blast in the eighth."

Nationals fall to Pirates in 10 innings as bullpen buckles again - (WaPost)
"For his part, Corbin had helped the Nationals (6-6) to the lead with his bat and kept them out front with his arm..."

Soto wanted his bobblehead to be smiling, so he sent it back - (MASN)
“'I’m always happy,' Soto said of his request for the change to a happy expression on the bobblehead. 'I told them make me smiling.'"

Scherzer, Sanchez swap weekend starts - (MLB.com)
"[Max] Scherzer threw a bullpen session on Thursday and he felt good enough to start Saturday, but manager Dave Martinez says the move was strictly precautionary."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Jefry Rodriguez excited about Saturday night’s start for Cleveland Indians - (cleveland.com)
"On Saturday night Indians right-hander Jefry Rodriguez will try to rely on the things he learned last season when he made his big-league debut with the Washington Nationals."

7 questions we want answered this weekend - (MLB.com)
"Washington’s bullpen has stabilized a bit this week, and third baseman Anthony Rendon is off to a great start."