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Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg struggles vs D-backs again; Roenis Elías updates + NL East news...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the finale with the D-backs in Arizona...

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Two position players ended up pitching last night. That’s what kind of night it was. Stephen Strasburg got lit up by the D-backs. Gerardo Parra and Brian Dozier took the mound. It was ... not good. But hey, they play another game today. Patrick Corbin takes on his former team in the series finale...

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Strasburg’s HR woes against D-backs continue - (MLB.com)
"Stephen Strasburg was one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB in July. His first outing of August did not go nearly as well."

Stephen Strasburg pounded by Diamondbacks in what turns into a laugher - (WaPost)
"But what mattered most, by night’s end, was Strasburg having his worst outing of the season against a sub-.500 team."

Strasburg takes another beating from D-backs in 18-7 rout - (MASN)
"And then the Diamondbacks dug in to face Strasburg and did what nobody else has done to him. Well, nobody else but themselves."

Elías Updates:

Elías feeling better, but IL decision is looming (Nats down 10-4) - (MASN)
"Elías was walking around the clubhouse this afternoon without any noticeable limp, and Martinez said he continues to be treated for a cramp."

Nationals reliever Roenis Elías has a ‘tweaked’ hamstring, still being evaluated - (WaPost)
"Reliever Roenis Elías has a tweaked hamstring, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said, and his short-term status remained uncertain Saturday at Chase Field."

Elias, Kendrick both dealing with leg cramps - (MLB.com)
"Left-hander Roenis Elias and infielder Howie Kendrick each sustained leg cramps on Friday, but the Nationals may have avoided long-term issues with both players."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLB: Players curious about 'juiced' baseball, but now want closure - (USA TODAY)
“'There’s just so many more homers this year,’' Nationals starter Patrick Corbin said, 'so you know something’s going on.'"

Every team's prospects in updated Top 100 - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals’ M.O. in recent years has been to trade prospects for big league talent (relievers, namely), and in turn it’s made the team’s farm system increasingly weak."

NL EAST UPDATES:

'He got hype tonight' — an even more intense Nick Pivetta has found the right role - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"With all due respect to Nick Pivetta, he probably shouldn't start another game for the Phillies for quite a while."

Mets considering using Seth Lugo as closer over Edwin Diaz - (NYPost)
"Following the Mets’ 7-5 victory over the Pirates, manager Mickey Callaway indicated he will consider Lugo for the closer’s role, as Edwin Diaz continues to struggle."

Marlins on the short end of back-and-forth game - (MLB.com)
"With the loss, Miami fell to 8-8 in Interleague play and 0-3 in the Citrus Series this season. It marked the seventh time this year the Marlins lost when scoring at least six runs."

Luke Jackson, Ronald Acuna drive Braves' 10th-inning win - (AJC.com)
"The bullpen script didn’t go as the Braves drew it up Saturday night, but they had no complaints about the alternative version that played out at SunTrust Park."