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Wire Taps: Ryan Zimmerman returns to the Nationals; Fernando Rodney gets a save, shoots an imaginary arrow + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second of three with the Tigers in Detroit.

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Four straight wins. Fernando Rodney getting a save. Juan Soto hitting another bomb. Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup. What more did you want out of Friday’s game?

The venue changed, but the Nationals kept rolling last night, winning the first of three with the Tigers in Detroit after sweeping three straight in Miami’s Marlins Park.

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Zimmerman, Scherzer and Martinez on reversal (Nats win 3-1) -(MASN)
"What does Nationals skipper Davey Martinez believe is the reason for the turnaround?"

Zimmerman "happy to be back," Martinez wants Taylor to play every day - (MASN)
"Zimmerman said last week that he stills feels discomfort in the heel after games, but it is manageable."

The Nationals need to keep giving at-bats to slugging Matt Adams. He’s earned them - (WaPost)
"Adams has six home runs and 16 RBI in his past 10 games, just in time for Ryan Zimmerman to return from the injured list."

Zimmerman returns to Nats; Taylor optioned - (
"Zimmerman started as the Nationals’ designated hitter at Comerica Park to help ease his way back into action -- and singled in his first at-bat..."

Former Tigers Sánchez and Rodney guide Nats to 3-1 win - (MASN)
"A pair of former Tigers World Series pitchers came up big for the Nationals in Friday’s series opener."

Rodney fires arrow with 9th team, ties record - (
"Fernando Rodney stood in the grass just beyond the mound, his left arm outstretched toward the sky and his right arm rearing back, his signature bow-and-arrow celebration."

Nationals move over .500 and make it four straight wins as Aníbal Sánchez baffles the Tigers - (WaPost)
"The right-hander allowed one run in six innings and Juan Soto hit a solo homer in a 3-1 win that pushed Washington to 41-40."


Fernando Rodney ties obscure saves record - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Never count out Fernando Rodney ... After being released by the Oakland Athletics on May 28, many believed we’d seen the 42-year-old reliever’s last bow-and-arrow celebration on a major league field."

Detroit Tigers observations: Anibal Sanchez extends Tigers' skid in Comerica Park return - Detroit Free Press
"With the Detroit Tigers mired in a dismal stretch at Comerica Park, it was a familiar face who did them in Friday night."