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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals drop 3 of 4 to Atlanta Braves; Mike Rizzo on 2020 + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for tomorrow night’s game against the Rays...

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Reporter on Sunday to GM Mike Rizzo: This is super murky, more murky than usual, are you guys under the CBT (Competitive Balance Tax Threshold) this year? The league told me the CBT is in effect, but didn’t define what it is, so are you guys under again?

Rizzo: “Yes, we are under and the CBT is murky.”

Go read your links ... murky:

NATS BEAT:

Martinez leaves Scherzer in, pays the price in 8-4 loss - (MASN)
"Maybe it’s not worthwhile to nitpick managerial decisions during the final two weeks of a pandemic-shortened season that has long since gone awry..."

Time for Nationals to start thinking about offseason changes - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The offseason is right around the corner, a time when the Nationals will all be watching the postseason from their personal bubbles, not the ones in California or Texas."

With 98th 10-K game, Max passes Koufax - (MLB.com)
"It’s a feat Max Scherzer made look effortless, yet it’s been accomplished by a very select group."

Max Scherzer, Nationals lose to Braves - (WaPost)
"Max Scherzer looked in need of rest, a shower, maybe a time machine, if that were possible, to rewind 10 minutes and take two pitches back."

Talks between Nationals, Davey Martinez are ongoing - (NBC Sports Washington)
"A new contract will almost assure Martinez of becoming the longest-tenured manager in Nationals history."

Rizzo "optimistic" about a new deal with Martinez - (MASN)
"Rizzo, who just agreed to his own three-year extension that will keep him in the GM role through the 2023 season, has made it clear he wants Martinez to remain by his side..."

NL EAST UPDATES:

J.T. Realmuto leaves Phillies game with hip injury - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"J.T. Realmuto left the game with hip discomfort. Spencer Howard exited with shoulder stiffness."

Todd Frazier's base-running mistake really hurt Mets - (NY Post)
"The Mets were burned by bad baserunning at the end of Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays, when Amed Rosario was inexplicably picked off first base for the final out."

Marlins vault into second place in NL East with doubleheader sweep of Phillies - (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
"The Marlins trail the Braves by 3.5 games in the NL East, with each division’s top two finishers guaranteed a postseason spot."

VIDEO: Brian Snitker on Kyle Wright's start against Nationals - (AJC.com)
Braves' skipper Brian Snitker on Kyle Wright's start against Nationals.

Proud papa: Freddie Freeman flies in for 2 hours to see son’s first tee-ball practice - (WSBTV)
"He traveled across the country, and stayed just for a couple of hours to see his son’s first practice."