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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s game against the Dodgers (at 9:10 PM in LA).

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Dusty Baker talked about missing the Nationals yesterday. Max Scherzer is on the mound in LA tonight. It’s an exciting time to be alive. We’re too tired for chitchat. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Pederson too much for Sánchez in 5-0 Nats loss - (MASN)
"This game got off to a rough start for Sánchez as Pederson hit the first of his two homers as he led off in the bottom of the first. The Nats starter had to throw 29 pitches to get three outs."

Aníbal Sánchez struggles, Nationals offense is AWOL in shutout loss to Dodgers - (WaPost)
"Sánchez was imperfect before he was chased early from another start, after just 4 1/3 innings, and Pederson was the batter he could not beat in his sixth loss in eight appearances this season."

Sanchez exits in fifth inning of loss at LA - (MLB.com)
"Much of the Nationals’ optimism entering this season centered around their revamped starting rotation."

Dusty Baker ‘sometimes’ wishes he still managed the Nationals. So do plenty of fans - (WaPost)
"The start has left some supporters reminiscing about Martinez’s predecessor, perhaps even wishing Baker was still in charge. Baker said in an MLB Network Radio interview Friday that the feeling is mutual."

Nationals expect Juan Soto to come off the injured list Saturday - (WaPost)
"The Washington Nationals are inching back to full strength, with left fielder Juan Soto expected to come off the 10-day injured list Saturday."

This time, Erick Fedde is embracing his role in Nationals’ bullpen experiment - (WaPost)
"Two years ago, the Washington Nationals experimented with turning starter Erick Fedde into a reliever."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

How Washington Nationals Went From Ewing Theory Contender to Disaster - (The Ringer)
"We weren’t the only ones. All six members of Yahoo’s panel had Washington in the postseason, as did five of seven at USA Today, four of five at CBS, and 22 of 31 at ESPN."

Slow start could hurt Nationals catch Phillies in NL East - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Honestly, the Nationals have always been a difficult franchise to wrap one’s arms around, probably because they change managers like they’re oil filters..."

D.C. T-shirt company eyes more licensing agreements after first funding round - (Washington Business Journal)
"BreakingT continuously monitors social media data from Twitter, Instagram and Reddit to identify the biggest moments in sports in every market, every day..."

Bryce Harper’s brother Bryan hit ‘rock bottom’ against the Hartford Yard Goats. Now he’s working his way back in the Atlantic League - (Hartford Courant)
"'Yeah,' Bryce Harper would say. 'I hear ya.' 'It's like, 'Bryce, shut up,' Bryan Harper said. 'Please. It's gonna work out for ya', kid. You'll be OK.' Bryan Harper was smiling."