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Wire Taps: Nationals need extras to beat Marlins; Kurt Suzuki updates + Sean Doolittle ❤️s books...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the finale with the Marlins in Miami...

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

With one game left with Miami this season, Washington’s Nationals are 15-3 against their NL East rivals, with 11-straight wins over the Fish. Will they wrap up the series finale today with another win? Austin Voth is starting this afternoon in Marlins Park.

Catch up on the last 24 hours of Nationals news before today’s 1:10 PM EDT matchup... Go read your links:


Nats vs Marlins:

The Nationals blow a late four-run lead but rally in 10th for 10-4 win - (WaPost)
"Stephen Strasburg had pitched seven scoreless innings, a gem, but the Nationals nearly wasted it against a last-place club."

Nats' vets have gas in tank, fuel 6-run 10th - (
"When the Nationals saw a late four-run lead disappear to spoil another strong start by Stephen Strasburg, the ballclub showed its season-long resiliency..."

After disastrous eighth, a joyous 10th for Nats - (MASN)
"Is this how the Nationals were going to squander a seemingly simple opportunity to move one step closer to a postseason berth, coughing away a sure win on a Saturday night at Marlins Park?"

Suzuki Stories:

Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki balancing health with pennant race - (WaPost)
"He tried throwing from 60 feet at Marlins Park on Friday, and his elbow felt fine in the morning. That was a good sign..."

Suzuki returns with a big 10th-inning double - (
"Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki -- a veteran of 13 big league seasons -- finds himself in a race to get healthy enough to contribute during the final stretch of a playoff chase."

Suzuki hopes to get healthy enough to return - (MASN)
"Though he says everything is going according to plan in his throwing program, Kurt Suzuki admits he won’t be able to get his right elbow back to 100 percent health by season’s end."


MLB testing 'robot umps' at AFL games - (
"This year’s biggest experiment is the use of the automated ball-strike system (ABS). The 'robot umpire' will be in use at all games at Salt River Fields..."


Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals player, pitches for independent bookstores - (CBS News)
"For Sean Doolittle, a trip to the bookstore is a sensory experience. 'There's something about holding [a book], it just smells cool.'"