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Wire Taps: Nationals clinch home field for Wild Card; Max Scherzer ready for Tuesday + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today’s regular season finale...

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Tuesday night at 8:08 PM EDT there will be baseball in D.C. We’ll know which team is going to be playing the Nationals in the Wild Card game by the end of the day today ... or maybe tomorrow. Also: Nothing sounds quite like an 808. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Max Scherzer Stories:

Max Scherzer feels as strong as ever for wild-card start - (WaPost)
"As the Nationals crept toward the wild-card game, there was some discussion about whether Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg should start. Strasburg has been as durable and dominant this season as he has been in his career."

Scherzer "building up" for Tuesday wild card start - (MASN)
"Scherzer has pitched in six different division series, four with the Tigers, two with the Nationals. This will be his first wild card game start. He is well aware of what is at stake."

Home Field Achieved:

7th straight win nets Nats home-field WC edge - (MLB.com)
"Parra’s third career grand slam -- and second during his 88-game tenure with the Nationals -- put an exclamation point on an inning in which the Nats sent 12 batters to the plate..."

Nationals clinch home-field advantage in NL wild-card game with seventh straight win - (WaPost)
"But while home field was a goal and preferred by most players in the clubhouse, it was never painted as a necessity."

Nats turn to offense to secure home field Tuesday with 10-7 win - (MASN)
"Corbin did not see himself hurrying at all with a 9-0 lead, but instead was pleased to get his work in whether they pitch him Tuesday or not. He threw 94 pitches, 59 for strikes."

Other Nats Stories:

“Maybe we are just weirdos”: Baseball’s absurd quest to not mess with the juju – (The Athletic)
"Sports have always been comically superstitious, but baseball’s grind of a 162-game season seems to up the ante on preserving the good juju by any means necessary."

The 12 best moments from the Nationals’ wild 2019 season - (WaPost)
"Along the way, there were broken records, medical miracles and so much dancing. Here are the 12 best moments of the Nationals’ 2019 season, in chronological order."

10 games that swung the Nationals’ playoff odds - (WaPost)
"May 23 would turn out to be the low point of a roller-coaster regular season that ended with the Nationals clinching a spot in Tuesday’s National League wild-card game."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Playoff scenarios for Brewers and Cardinals heading into Game 162 - (SI.com)
"The team that falls short in the NL Central will have to travel to D.C. on Tuesday to face Max Scherzer and the Nationals in the single-elimination NL wild-card game at Nationals Park."

No End In Sight For Lingering Financial Dispute Between Orioles, Nationals - (Forbes)
"The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals have not been very neighborly to one another. The two sides have been engaged in a legal battle over television broadcast rights fees for much of the past decade."