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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals drop finale; Stephen Strasburg tossed; Seth Romero gets his shot; Juan Soto homers again...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the Nationals play the Orioles twice...

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Davey Martinez was hot. Austin Voth was getting squeezed, or so the Nationals thought, and they let home plate ump Carlos Torres hear it. It came from the visitor’s dugout in Citi Field. It also came from the stands, where some of Washington’s players who weren’t in the game were sitting and watching. One voice caught Torres’s attention. It was Stephen Strasburg. It ended with an ejection. Strasburg got tossed while sitting in the stands.

“I actually thought the umpire threw me out of the game, so I was kind of heated up,” Davey Martinez told reporters after a loss to the Mets in the series finale in New York.

“I told Stras he was a big fan today. He got thrown out as a fan. But that’s — I love Stephen. I can’t tell you what he said, but I love him.”

Voth said he appreciated the show of support from his rotation mate.

“It makes me feel good,” Voth said after an abbreviated outing. “Just knowing that he has my back, and knowing that he’s watching me pitch and got eyes on the umpire to see like how the game is going and whatnot and he’s fighting for me, that’s great, that’s what I want.”

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Strasburg Tossed:

Baseball fan Stephen Strasburg gets ejected from the stands for arguing balls and strikes - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Strasburg stood up and tipped his cap to the umpire as he walked out of his seat in the stands and up toward the concourse."

Romero Debuts:

Nationals pitcher Seth Romero put a long road behind him in his MLB debut - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Romero was already traveling with the Nationals as a member of their road taxi squad, though he had yet to appear in the major leagues."

Romero on big league debut: "I was 100 percent nervous" - (MASN)
"Rookie Seth Romero made his major league debut Thursday against the Mets, coming in for starter Austin Voth to begin the fifth inning, in a game the Nats lost 8-2."

Romero rocked in debut as Nats fall to Mets - (
"After getting the feeling of being '100 percent nervous' while getting his first pitches out of the way, he is looking forward to the next call."

Short-armed Nats routed again by Mets as Seth Romero gets tagged in debut - (WaPost)
"Nationals fall to 6-9 with former first-round pick arriving to bolster a bullpen worn down by injury."

Other Nats Stories:

Nationals place Sean Doolittle on IL, add lefty Seth Romero to roster - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals finally decided how they want to address Sean Doolittle’s ongoing struggles."

Voth's short start sets up Romero's rough debut in loss (updated) - (MASN)
"It was a rude welcome to the big stage for Romero, but it also underscored how many things had to go wrong for the 24-year-old to even find himself in such a delicate situation."

Nationals place Doolittle on IL; Harris returns - (
"Doolittle has struggled this season, with a 15.00 ERA in three innings. He has been candid about his frustration and disappointment."


Stephen Strasburg tossed from Nats game on his day off - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg got tossed from Thursday’s game against the New York Mets. He was sitting in the stands. On his day off."

Only Juan Soto Can Outdo Juan Soto - (The Ringer)
"[W]e are joined by Washington Post Nationals beat reporter Jesse Dougherty for a boots in the press box report on Juan Soto’s mammoth home runs in Citi Field this week..."

Trade Deadline questions for NL East clubs - (
"Nationals: Will Strasburg be healthy enough to pitch at his usual level?"


Sweep leaves Phils searching for silver lining - (
"The Phillies preached patience before they called for reinforcements this past week."

Mets' roster depth now their saving grace in NL East race - (NY Post)
"Through one third of this season, the Mets are just 9-11, but it would be so much worse if their B-squad was not getting As. Depth, of all things, is why they still have a shot in the NL East."

Marlins to don Negro Leagues unis Sunday - (
"The Miami Giants will take the field at Marlins Park on Sunday, as the Miami Marlins will don throwback uniforms in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues."

3 areas of concern as Braves hit 1/3 mark - (
"With the Braves' rotation currently consisting of just three members, Huascar Ynoa served as an opener for the second time in four days."