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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals get their World Series rings; Flight from Dominican Republic; + more Nats news...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals while we wait for more news out of the nation’s capital...

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Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty has been digging into the Washington Nationals who have yet to start participating in Spring Training 2.0, and he reported last night on a flight from the Dominican Republic that exposed a number of players to coronavirus, and those who boarded the flight were not tested beforehand. No really.

I mean, we just, we just — we just can’t. Go read your links...

BIG STORY:

MLB charter flights from the Dominican Republic spark more testing concerns - (WaPost)
“Multiple players who took one of two Major League Baseball-chartered flights from the Dominican Republic to Miami on July 1 have since tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.”

NATS BEAT:

Ring Stories:

Players, staff respond with joy at finally receiving World Series rings - (MASN)
"It was another special day for the Nationals at Nationals Park, as players and staff received their 2019 World Series championship rings prior to Thursday’s batting practice and on-field workouts."

Nats receive rings: 'Definitely worth the wait' - (MLB.com)
"Washington's ring design was virtually unveiled on May 24, the one-year anniversary of their turnaround from a 19-31 start."

Nationals announce 2021 schedule, show off World Series rings - (WaPost)
“A gold-trimmed jersey, which World Series champions have taken to wearing for their home openers, was hanging by [Adam] Eaton’s locker.”

Other Nationals Stories:

Nationals manager Davey Martinez among those who dislike new extra-inning rule - (NBC Sports Washington)
"A runner will start on second from the 10th inning on. Commissioner Rob Manfred once said this rule -- in the minor leagues for the last two years -- was unlikely to be applied in Major League Baseball."

Notes: Strasburg preps; Castro back; '21 slate - (MLB.com)
"No pitcher in baseball ended their season on a higher note last year than Strasburg, who turns 32 on July 20."

Castro joins camp, Nats thinking about piping in crowd noise - (MASN)
"[Starlin] Castro, projected to be the club’s new second baseman and potentially No. 3 hitter, hadn’t been allowed to come to Nationals Park upon first arriving from the Dominican Republic."

2014 Nationals seemed every bit a World Series favorite until NLDS slip-ups - (Washington Times)
"The year was 2014, and the Nationals' circumstances seemed perfect for a run at a title. So when the Nationals were eliminated that year, players couldn't help but feel like they blew their best opportunity yet to make a World Series run."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Sean Doolittle Challenged U.S. To Become Functioning Society For Sports To Return, And We’re Failing - (Forbes)
"At the beginning of the week, All-Star Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle captured the zeitgeist when he was speaking with reporters about the biggest roadblock towards bringing team sports back..."

NL EAST UPDATES:

J.T. on extension talks: 'Focus on the team' - (MLB.com)
"Is it possible that he could sign an extension before Opening Day on July 24? Or does it make more sense to test the free-agent market? He is only 60 games away at this point."

Mets' Michael Wacha threw in parking lot during coronavirus break - (NY Post)
"Now, Wacha is trying to get ready for a truncated season set to begin in just over two weeks."

New dimensions 'will definitely help' Marlins - (MLB.com)
"At Summer Camp, the roof has been mostly closed, but the wall has been open, allowing winds to become a factor."

Acuña's on-field banter rivaled only by his play - (MLB.com)
"Once Acuña received the ball, he waved it as he looked toward Ozuna, who had gone 2-for-24 before Spring Training was shut down in March."