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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals sweep Marlins, prepare for series with Mets + Ryan Zimmerman returns with a bang...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the series opener with the Mets (which is at 1:05 PM EDT this afternoon...

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell talks below about the Washington Nationals and Anthony Rendon, and the possibility of a long-term extension, but as Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters on Sunday, you wouldn’t know the third baseman was potentially headed to free agency this winter by the way he handles his business every day.

“He comes to the ballpark ready to play every day. Doesn’t talk about it. We don’t mention anything. He knows what he wants to do. The biggest thing with him is he wants to come out and help us win, and that’s all he talks about, is winning,” Martinez said.

Will the Nationals win the series opener with the New York Mets today? Go read your links, you don’t have long until the first of three in D.C. starts (at 1:05 PM today):

NATS BEAT:

Zimmerman returns:

Ryan Zimmerman gets into the swing of things as the Nationals sweep out the Marlins - (WaPost)
"The franchise icon, fresh off the injured list, slugged a two-run homer as the Nats won, 9-3, for their ninth victory in 10 games."

Zimmerman homers in return; Doolittle activated - (MLB.com)
"This marked Zimmerman’s first game since July 21 after missing the last 36 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, his second bout with the injury this year."

Ryan Zimmerman homers in return, Nationals complete sweep of Marlins - (Washington Times)
"Ryan Zimmerman came off the injured list Sunday and welcomed himself back to the Washington Nationals lineup in a powerful way."

Pay Day Man His Money:

The Nats simply can’t let Anthony Rendon — his bat, his glove, his personality — get away - (WaPost)
"Last year the Washington Nationals showed that they could say 'no' — to Bryce Harper. Now they need to show they can say “yes” — to Anthony Rendon."

Patrick Corbin reaches 200 Ks:

Patrick Corbin reaches 200 K's as Nats complete sweep - (MLB.com)
"With a strikeout of Garrett Cooper in the fourth inning, Corbin recorded his 200th strikeout of the season, joining Scherzer and Strasburg as the first trio in franchise history to reach that mark."

Nationals in rare company with 200-strikeout pitchers - (MASN)
"In fact, this is only the sixth time in history a team has had three pitchers reach 200 strikeouts in a season. And it’s only the second time a National League team has done it."

Other Nationals Links:

Sean Doolittle is a great teammate. The Nationals need him to be a great closer, too - (WaPost)
"Doolittle, who will work in low-leverage situations until he is ready for bigger spots, has the right attitude for a trying situation. But Washington still needs him at his best."

How potential Nats playoff roster may look - (MLB.com)
"And while it’s too early to guarantee a trip to the postseason, the Nats are starting to gear up for another trip to October."

Celebrations aplenty as Nationals sweep Marlins - (MASN)
"The Nationals are playing as well as they’ve ever played, and they flexed their muscles the last three days against a dreadful Miami club..."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

The Marlins’ miserable August bleeds into September with another road loss to Nationals - (Miami Herald)
"The Nationals spent August celebrating win after win as they chase the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and try to put a stranglehold on their lead in the Wild Card race."

Here are Sunday's 10 best prospect performers - (MLB.com)
"Nick Raquet, LHP Nationals No. 29 - In his final start this season, Raquet put it all together. The Nationals’ No. 29 prospect struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed just four hits in six scoreless innings..."

Nats have fun with 'Simba Cam' from the dugout - (MLB.com)
"It's a simple request: Can all baseball teams do the 'Simba Cam' from their dugout? It isn't really asking that much."