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Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg strikes out 14 Marlins; Nationals expect Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman back today

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

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Stephen Strasburg is rolling, retiring 22-straight hitters after back-to-back, one-out singles in the top of the first, with a 6-0 lead after three, against a Miami Marlins team that hasn’t won a game on the road in August... (0-13 going into last night’s game, 0-14 in August when it was over).

At that point, does manager Davey Martinez just relax and watch Strasburg work as a fan... with a really good seat?

“I was able to sit down for a lot of the game and watch him,” Martinez said with a laugh on Saturday night, after what ended up a 7-0 win, “but when he gets in that zone, which he’s been in that zone a lot this year, and very proud of what he’s done this year, but yeah, he’s fun to watch, you still got to manage the game but he’s really fun to watch.”

Patrick Corbin is fun to watch too. He starts this afternoon. Get caught up on the news now, the game starts soon...

NATS BEAT:

Strasmas:

Strasburg adds to Cy Award case with 14 K's - (MLB.com)
"If the National League Cy Young Award race is truly wide open entering the season’s final month, count Stephen Strasburg among the legitimate contenders."

Strasburg powers past Marlins again in Nats' 7-0 win - (MASN)
"Strasburg has now won 12 games in a row against Miami after a convincing 7-0 shutout Saturday night. He allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings, striking out a season-high 14 batters."

Stephen Strasburg is dominant, and Nats hit September on a roll - (WaPost)
"Stephen Strasburg, one of the best pitchers in baseball, dominated the Miami Marlins, one of the majors’ worst teams."

Soto and Rendon:

Rendon, Soto make history on back-to-back HRs - (MLB.com)
"Rendon and Soto combined to go 4-for-7 with three homers, four RBIs and five runs in the game."

One-two punch of Rendon, Soto too much for Marlins to handle - (MASN)
"Soto has become only the seventh player in Major League Baseball to hit 30 homers in his age-20 season, joining Mike Trout, Alex Rodríguez, Tony Conigliaro, Frank Robinson, Ted Williams and Mel Ott."

Zim and Doo:

Martinez says Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman back Sunday (Nats win 7-0) - (MASN)
"Nationals manager Davey Martinez confirmed, barring any late setbacks, both closer Sean Doolittle and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will return to the active roster on Sunday."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

VIDEO: Don Mattingly recaps Marlins’ loss to Nationals - (FOX Sports)
"Don Mattingly recaps Miami Marlins' loss to Washington Nationals."

4 Washington Nationals Story Lines To Watch In September - (Forbes)
"The Nats will enter September without a comfortable lead for the NL wild card race, but they have the lead nonetheless."

Perks of Loudoun South’s LLWS run: Batting practice, props from Nats players - (WTOP)
"Even though the Loudoun South team fell short of snagging a Little League World Series title, its state and regional victories are nothing to ignore."

Miami Marlins seeing increased power potential from Harold Ramirez - (Miami Herald)
"Ramirez’s long-term role with Miami (48-86) might hinge on his ability to unlock this part of his potential while opportunities are bountiful."

Braves enter stretch firing on all cylinders - (MLB.com)
“'As much as [the Nationals] have been surging, we’ve done a little surge of our own, right at the right time too because they’re hitting on all cylinders,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said."