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Wire Taps: Nationals’ combined one-hit shutout of D-backs; Roenis Elías injured + Max Scherzer updates

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the D-Backs at 8:10 PM in Arizona.

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Joe Ross, Roenis Elías, Hunter Strickland, Fernando Rodney, and Sean Doolittle combined for a one-hit shutout of the Diamondbacks last night in Arizona. Two of the Nationals’ three new arms debuted for Washington, though one of them injured his right leg when he was left in for an at bat and decided to swing when he was told not to. C’mon Elías.

Hopefully he’ll be fine.

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Joe Ross, Nats’ bullpen combine for 1-hit shutout - (MLB.com)
"The Trade Deadline has passed. The Nationals made their moves. Now, in order to make the playoffs, they need to do one thing over the final two months of the season -- win games."

Despite injury, new bullpen thrives in Nats' 3-0 win - (MASN)
"Davey Martinez was handed a brand-new bullpen tonight, and with that came a whole new strategy for managing the second half of ballgames."

Roenis Elías injury scare overshadows Nationals’ shutout win over Diamondbacks - (WaPost)
“'But being an athlete, and you’re a competitor out there, I figured I’d try to put the ball in play. Once I saw the ball, I thought there was a good chance for me to beat it out.'"

Martinez’s message to new arms: ‘Just be ready’ - (MLB.com)
"Hunter Strickland, Roenis Elias and Daniel Hudson were all traded to Washington at the Trade Deadline on Wednesday and joined their new team ahead of Friday’s game."

Sipp dropped from roster, Max Scherzer begins throwing (Nats up 2-0) - (MASN)
"Needing to clear one more roster spot for the trio of relievers they acquired before Wednesday’s trade deadline, the Nationals designated Tony Sipp for assignment..."

Nationals designate reliever Tony Sipp for assignment to make room for new additions - (WaPost)
"Tony Sipp walked up behind Patrick Corbin on Friday afternoon, patted his now-former teammate on the back and began his round of goodbyes in the visitors’ clubhouse at Chase Field."

Focus returns to field as Nationals open long road trip - (MASN)
"The just-completed homestand was hardly a bust, but a 5-5 record and series losses to both the Dodgers and Braves didn’t help the Nationals get any closer to their ultimate goal."

Jeremy Hellickson not mentioned as a fifth starter for Nationals - (WaPost)
"Six weeks later, after three injections, three bullpen sessions and a simulated game in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Nationals’ former fifth starter feels 'really good.'"

Despite injury, new bullpen thrives in Nats' 3-0 win - (MASN)
"Davey Martinez was handed a brand-new bullpen tonight, and with that came a whole new strategy for managing the second half of ballgames."

Roenis Elías injury scare overshadows Nationals’ shutout win over Diamondbacks - (WaPost)
“'But being an athlete, and you’re a competitor out there, I figured I’d try to put the ball in play. Once I saw the ball, I thought there was a good chance for me to beat it out.'"

Juan Soto has started his career better than many Hall of Famers - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Death, taxes, and Juan Soto."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Juan Soto not just good. He's making history - (MLB.com)
"Juan Soto is having more or less the same season he had last year, and perhaps that's the problem."

Prized new bullpen trio joins Braves; Shane Greene thinks Atlanta ‘can win it all’ – (The Athletic)
"The Greene and Melancon trades weren’t finalized until the last couple of hours before the deadline, and Melancon knew well before any media members."

Athletes like Max Scherzer use controversial stem cell treatments - (WaPost)
"Treatments for Max Scherzer and other pros may mislead fans about costly, controversial, unapproved shots."