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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Adam Eaton talks; Nats’ 5th starter battle + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see if MLB can actually pull this season off...

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Adam Eaton played in Oriole Park at Camden Yards back in 2015, with the stadium empty, so he has some idea of what baseball is going to be like this season, when Major League Baseball’s 60-game 2020 campaign gets underway in two weeks. He ... didn’t really like it, like, at all.

“I did not enjoy the one game that I played in,” Eaton explained.

“Just the energy, the feel, the fans, we’ve discussed this. We’re nothing without our fans, I truly believe that the game is completely different.

“The emotion of the game, the momentum so to speak, of a fan base, or going into a place with the fan base against you. So it’s very difficult.”

And in the outfielder’s opinion, it’s going to get worse as things go along, assuming they do.

“I think the first week we’ll be fine,” Eaton told reporters in a Zoom call on Friday morning. “I think the weeks after that will be very challenging, but again, as professional athletes, as the guys in our clubhouse who have done it for a long time, I think it’s a challenge that we’re going to meet head on and try to make the most of the situation.”

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Eaton Talks:

Notes: Latest on Eaton, Strasburg, Scherzer - (MLB.com)
"When Eaton reported to Nationals Park for workouts, manager Dave Martinez couldn’t tell the challenges he had faced."

Adam Eaton: No stadium noise ‘worse than a backfield spring training game’ - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Eaton remembers the silence. The vibe in the stadium was gone, walkup music was off, the only sounds were light chatter and bat cracks."

Eaton trying to keep it loose on field during this anxious time - (MASN)
"Eaton was back in Michigan for all the time off during the coronavirus shutdown and said it was difficult to get in regular baseball-type workouts..."

Other Nats Stories:

Nats' battle to be fifth starter down to two - (MLB.com)
"Fedde, 27, is the more tenured of the two pitchers at the Major League level. Chosen by Washington in the first round of the 2014 Draft, he is entering his fourth year with the franchise."

Nats try to make most of limited games, MLB releases test results - (MASN)
"They’ll have to trust their prior knowledge of everyone and trust that everyone did everything they could to prepare while on their own during the hiatus."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

'I'll miss the National League game' -- NL managers weigh in on the universal DH - (ESPN)
"It'll be weird. I played on both, obviously, National and American League [teams]. I actually hit in front of pitchers for a lot of years." - Davey Martinez

A Lot of Athletes Seem to Have the Coronavirus. Here Are Some Reasons - (The New York Times)
"More recently, the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants canceled team workouts because of testing delays."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Analyzing Phils' 5th starter competition, role - (MLB.com)
"The last time Vince Velasquez pitched for the Phillies, before COVID-19 put baseball on a three-plus-month hiatus in March, he spoke about the 'art of pitching.'"

Steve Cohen Reemerges As Front Runner To Buy Mets – (CBS New York)
"The New York Mets now have five offers to choose from."

Where the Marlins stand two weeks from opener - (MLB.com)
"For the most part, the transition back to the playing field has gone smoothly, with Miami's players and staff adjusting to being tested for COVID-19 at least twice so far."

Brian Snitker: Braves ‘a little farther along’ than expected - (MLB.com)
"During his daily media briefing, Snitker said he’s pleased with the team’s progress through seven days."