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Wire Taps: Nationals lose to Braves again; Tim Bogar gets ejected somehow; Max Scherzer still building + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s matchup with the Braves...

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

For a minute there, Washington Nationals’ first coach Tim Bogar was in the spotlight, an odd spot for the normally invisible-ish coach, who only gets noticed when someone is picked off first base.

Howie Kendrick had a check swing call go against him when it was appealed to first base ump Tim Timmons, who called it a strike, and when the Nationals’ infielder ended up out when he sent a grounder to first, he had some words for Timmons.

Kendrick directed some criticism towards the umpire as he turned towards the Nationals’ dugout, and Bogar felt the need to chime in and got himself tossed.

“You saw Tim Bogar — you usually don’t see that from Tim,” Davey Martinez said after what ended up a frustrating 5-0 loss. “He just got a little irritated. We didn’t think he swung. Tim [Timmons] said he did.

“And I think more so [Bogar] tried to keep Howie in the game cause Howie said something, so Tim defended him.”

Bogar got tossed, the Nationals lost to the Braves again, you’re about to read your links again. The circle of life or something...

NATS BEAT:

Scherzer vs the Braves:

A slight change in fastball effectiveness altered Max Scherzer’s outcome against the Braves - (NBC Sports Washington)
"One difference between Sunday and Friday for Max Scherzer? His fastball."

Soroka turns tables on Scherzer, Braves cruise to 5-0 win - (MASN)
"Atlanta jumped ahead after three scoreless innings by getting ahead in counts, collecting three runs on seven hits against the Nats ace."

Max Scherzer, Nationals fall as fans rally for Anthony Rendon - (Washington Times)
"The Washington Nationals and Max Scherzer dropped the game, but the Atlanta Braves lost their slugging first baseman — at least for the time."

Scherzer still searching as Nats fall to Braves - (MLB.com)
"Other than securing their spot in the postseason, ensuring that Scherzer is at the top of his game after he spent weeks working his way back from lingering back and shoulder injuries will be, perhaps, their top priority."

What really goes into a mound visit with Max Scherzer? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"This scenario is one for lore. Angry, ornery ace refuses to leave his mound. Manager absorbs kickback. It fits Scherzer’s personality and the narrative developed by it."

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Martinez updates Suzuki, Gomes, Elías and Adams - (MASN)
"Matt Adams tweaked his left shoulder/triceps in the win over the Twins. Martinez said the slugger is meeting with the team doctor today..."

Chuck Todd: Nationals letting Anthony Rendon walk like Bryce Harper 'sends a terrible message to the fan base' - (NBC Sports Washington)
"'It's hard to overpay for a corner infielder, particularly a third baseman. I just think it sends a terrible message to the fan base if they don't.'"

Here's what market for Rendon could look like - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals were unwilling to give Harper what he wanted, but will the same hold true with Rendon?"

Braves-Nationals score: Nats muster three hits in loss - (WaPost)
"Manager Dave Martinez pinned the trouble on Scherzer’s struggle to command his off-speed pitches, especially the change-up."

Kurt Suzuki still not throwing, while Roenis Elías remains a ways off - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Having Suzuki as an offensive option at catcher is the primary goal. His 16 homers -- many timely -- provide a balance at the position with Yan Gomes."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

7 factors that will decide the Wild Cards - (MLB.com)
"5) Mad Max, Doolittle and a brutal schedule - The Nationals could pay a big price for their 19-31 start. Having since positioned themselves to return to the playoffs, they now play 15 of their final 18 games against contenders..."

Why September return of Nick Markakis could be Braves' October difference-maker - (ESPN)
"The Atlanta Braves got Nick Markakis back on Friday. In related news, they just became an ever more dangerous October out."

Dontrelle Willis: Nationals can knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs - (FOX Sports)
"Dontrelle Willis said if the Dodgers overlook the Nationals in the playoffs, Washington will be able to knock the NL favorites out early."

Poll: Stephen Strasburg's Opt-Out Decision - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is one of a few major leaguers who will have an interesting opt-out decision to make once the offseason arrives."

MLB rumors: Mets making huge bid for Nationals’ Anthony Rendon? - (nj.com)
"If the Mets are going to outbid teams like the Nationals, Rangers and Phillies for Rendon, it could take an offer in excess of $250M."