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Wire Taps: Nationals rally late vs Dodgers; Gerardo Parra grand slam; Juan Soto back in Nats’ lineup...

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

Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Washington’s Nationals went 16 innings without a run between the ninth inning of the series opener on Thursday and the eighth inning of Saturday night’s game in LA, but they hit their way out of that slump with a five-run inning that decided the third game of the four with the Dodgers. Juan Soto returned. Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam. Go read your links...


Parra's 1st hit with Nats a game-winning slam - (
“'That was amazing,' left fielder Juan Soto said. 'I was on first, I just wanted to turn around and watch where the ball was gonna land.'"

New arrival Gerardo Parra’s grand slam lifts Nationals over Dodgers - (WaPost)
"He had been their teammate for all of three days, signed to a one-year deal Thursday, and had just delivered the biggest hit of the season with two outs in the eighth."

Parra pulls off dramatic grand slam for 5-2 comeback win in L.A. - (MASN)
"Down in the late innings and a capacity crowd of 53,647 roaring, the Nationals pulled off one of their most dramatic comeback victories of the season thanks to their all everything super-utility signee from two days ago."

Trevor Rosenthal makes rehab appearance with Harrisburg (Nats win 5-2) - (MASN)
"At the Nationals extended spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., the former closer concentrated on getting his mechanics back on track after continued wildness in his appearances with the Nats to begin the season."

Juan Soto returns to lineup, feels "really good right now" - (MASN)
"Martinez said he did caution Soto to not overexert himself these first few days, and the club does not believe the back spasms will be an ongoing issue."

Juan Soto comes off injured list, pushing Nationals closer to full strength - (WaPost)
"The Nationals again will have their preferred starters with Soto in left, Robles in center and Eaton in right, which is how they mostly aligned for the 28 games before Soto got hurt."

Sean Doolittle adjusts to unique challenges of expanded role for Nationals - (WaPost)
"Since joining the Nationals in 2017 in a midseason trade that also brought reliever Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics, Doolittle has been one of baseball’s more effective relievers, as long as he’s healthy."


Gerardo Parra’s grand slam lifts Nationals to win over Dodgers – (Orange County Register)
"The inning from hell found the Dodgers on Saturday night. It began innocently enough, with a tailor-made double play ground ball."

Remember Clemson slugger Spencer Kieboom? His brother homered in his MLB debut - (
"Remember Spencer Kieboom? He’s a Mount Pleasant native who played two years at Clemson before the Washington Nationals made him a fifth round pick in the 2012 draft."

Daily fantasy notes -- Pitcher projections and hitter ratings for Sunday - (ESPN)
"[Lucas] Giolito is showing signs of the promise anticipated when he was one of the top pitching prospects in the Nationals' system."

Cleveland Indians promote A.J. Cole, option Cody Anderson to Triple-A - (
"The Indians purchased the contract of right-hander A.J. Cole from Columbus and added him to the 25-man roster."