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Wire Taps: Victor Robles shines in Denver; Max Scherzer will make next start; Patrick Corbin, Yan Gomes become battery mates

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Rockies...

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The Nationals won a game without forcing their fans to cover their eyes! It’s a miracle!

Anyway, expect a bullpen implosion today. Here’s the deal in Denver:

‘I dodged a bullet’: Max Scherzer expects to make next scheduled start Friday (WaPo)
After a scare on Sunday, Scherzer is ready to go and feeling good, hoping to bounce back from his 1-3 start that's landed him a 4.45 ERA.

Max Scherzer expects to make next start vs. Padres (
"I've seen some scary stuff before in my career. I played with somebody in A-ball, John Hester, and he got hit in the head and they had to get the ambulance out and pull him out. I mean, we thought he was dead in the dugout. I'm lucky I still have one blue eye," Scherzer said.

Why Patrick Corbin and Yan Gomes became battery mates for the Nationals (WaPo)
Patrick Corbin and Yan Gomes have almost instantly become battery buddies — Gomes trusts Corbin's off-speed, and he trusts his glove to catch any balls in the dirt. The duo gives the Nats two batteries set in stone on top of their Kurt Suzuki/Aníbal Sánchez combo.

Jim Duquette: The Top 10 shortstop prospects in baseball (The Athletic)
Carter Kieboom is the sixth-rated prospect on the list — they think he hasn't quite realized his full hitting or power potential, but the rest of his tools are developed.

Asked to hold slim lead at Coors, Nats’ bullpen delivers (MASN)
The Nationals went Corbin-Ross-Sipp-Suero-Doolittle. It doesn't sound crazy until you realize that Joe Ross only got one batter and Doolittle came in during the eighth.

Anthony Rendon out of lineup but resumes swinging (MASN)
“He swung today, so he feels pretty good,” manager Davey Martinez said. “He’s still a little tight in there, but he got some swings in and we’ll see where he’s during the game. Hopefully he is not sore after doing all this work and we could potentially use him today to pinch-hit.”

Nationals' Jake Noll Expanding His Versatility (Baseball America)
Noll, back in the majors and one of only two 2016 seventh-rounders to crack the bigs, has been learning every position he can in more detail in Fresno, improving at second, third, first, and even in the outfield.

The Man Who Brought ‘God Bless America’ to MLB Ballparks (Uni Watch)
The guy whose idea it was to play 'God Bless America' in the seventh worked for the Nats for nearly a decade, as it turns out.