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Wire Taps: Nationals and Scott Boras meet to talk Anthony Rendon extension; Max Scherzer dominates; Expos Day in D.C.

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

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Expos uniforms. Dominant Max Scherzer. There was plenty to be excited about on Saturday in D.C., but Scott Boras visiting Nationals Park to continue extension talks about soon-to-be free agent infielder Anthony Rendon was the biggest news out of the nation’s capital... that and the fact that Scherzer won’t pitch in the All-Star Game. But really the Rendon thing. Go read your links...


Source: Boras, Lerner meeting to discuss Rendon contract - (MASN)
"It appears the Nationals and Anthony Rendon are attempting to ramp up contract negotiations again as the season’s first half comes to a close."

Scott Boras, Ted Lerner discuss contract extension for Anthony Rendon - (WaPost)
”Boras met with both Ted Lerner and other members of the franchise’s ownership group.”

Scherzer K's 11, steals base -- all in Expos blue - (
"Scherzer’s dominance every fifth day is becoming routine, even if the week leading up to it was not."

Max Scherzer won’t play in All-Star Game, still expected to be in Cleveland - (WaPost)
"Scherzer had been on a tear and ended the first half with nine starts that produced these totals: 0.84 ERA, 94 strikeouts and nine walks in 64 innings."

Max Scherzer won't pitch in All-Star Game - (MASN)
"Scherzer, who pitched seven scoreless innings in today’s 6-0 win over the Royals, won’t be appearing in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic..."

One Thousand Ways: Ryan Zimmerman’s place in Washington baseball lore can’t be denied – (The Athletic)
"It didn’t take long for Zimmerman to make an impression. He had a strong voice. A conviction in his answers."

Nats attack early with Suzuki homer and roll 6-0 - (MASN)
"The Nationals pummeled Royals starter Glenn Sparkman early with six hits in those first two frames."

Oh, baby! Back from paternity leave, Max Scherzer rocks Royals to sleep - (WaPost)
"Max Scherzer was always going to pitch. He didn’t skip a start after he broke his nose two weeks ago, and he wasn’t going to miss a start after two days away on paternity leave."

Nationals players reflect on wearing 'so sick' Expos uniforms on 50th Anniversary - (NBC Sports Washington)
"They had some great uniforms over the years, but the older the better I think. I love the baby blues. The Expos’ logo is one of the more iconic logos in baseball history...'' - Sean Doolittle


Mariners relievers Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla placed on 10-day injured list - (
"In 19 appearances for the Mariners since being acquired from the Washington Nationals on May 4, Adams has a 2.49 ERA with an impressive 39 strikeouts to nine walks over 21 2/3 innings."

Scherzer too much for Royals - News - (The Kansan)
"Unfortunately for the Royals, their opportunities to strike were few and far between against Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer."

Royals manager Ned Yost was proud of Glenn Sparkman's outing - (The Kansas City Star)
"Royals starter Glenn Sparkman got hit early, but made it through six innings on the heels of an extra-inning game."

From the sports editor: Keister’s heart still in baseball - (Delaware State News)
"Tripp Keister knows that pro baseball is a business, of course. It’s just never felt that way to him."

Spobacks, Glorious Spobacks - (Uni Watch)
"OK, folks — I’ll be completely honest with you — if there was one throwback game this year I wanted to see, it was the Expos, er… Washington Nationals playing as the Montreal Expos vs. the Kansas City Royals, in a 50th Year Anniversary throwback to 1969."

Mets Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in meeting with coaches - (NYPost)
"A tumultuous Mets season took another strange twist, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen punctuating a heated meeting with the team’s coaching staff by throwing a chair, according to club sources."