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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals split doubleheader with Miami Marlins; three more in two days + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before they play just one game today...

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While it appeared that Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez was just being cautious by taking Aaron Barrett out of last night’s game, after the veteran reliever, who’s fought back from a heck of a lot in his MLB career, struggled to throw strikes while dealing with unsure footing as he tried to plant his foot in his delivery, it turns out Barrett had an actual physical issue.

“He’s got a little tightness in his triceps,” Martinez said after the 14-3 loss to the Marlins.

“He wanted to stay in the game, and I couldn’t be able to live with myself if I left him in the game.

“We wanted to be smart took him out. He’ll get reevaluated tomorrow, but he’s in there getting treatment now, so we’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow.”

Good decision, Davey.

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NATS BEAT:

Fedde Won:

Fedde dazzles, lineup takes down Sánchez in 5-0 win - (MASN)
"Pitching efficiently with a fastball that topped out at 96 mph, and taking advantage of home plate umpire Joe West’s generous strike zone below the knees, Fedde allowed only Jesús Aguilar’s fourth-inning single to go along with a couple of walks and one hit batter."

Nationals' Erick Fedde shuts down Marlins - (WaPost)
“The 27-year-old turned in his best start of the season, yielding no runs and just one hit in six innings.”

Erick Fedde tosses 6 scoreless innings - (MLB.com)
"Erick Fedde hadn’t earned a win in more than a month. His last victory came on Aug. 14 against the Orioles, and since then, he had pitched to a pair of losses and no-decisions."

Eaton “ticked”:

Eaton on broken finger: "It's fitting for how my year has went" - (MASN)
"Eaton was never really able to get on track during this abbreviated season."

Injured Eaton: 'I still have a lot of fire in me' - (MLB.com
"Adam Eaton knew immediately he was hurt. He had broken fingers in the past, and he had a strong feeling what the X-rays would reveal. He tried to play through it, anyways."

Other Nationals Stories:

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo didn't leave the ballpark after ejection in Atlanta - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Mike Rizzo's ejection by the hands of umpire Joe West just got even better."

Kyle Finnegan's MLB debut came in the pandemic, with an empty ballpark - (WaPost)
“Finnegan, 29, made the majors this summer after seven years in the minors. He wished his family could have seen it first-hand.”

Updates on Espino, Eppler, Fuentes, Romero and Irvin - (MASN)
"Nationals minor league pitching coordinator Brad Holman really likes the curveball of right-hander Paolo Espino. He remembers working with Espino while they both were with the Rangers in 2017."

Ryan Zimmernan’s future with Nationals is matter of where, not if - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Ryan Zimmerman’s future is clear in one context: he will remain with the Nationals. The question is, in what capacity?"

NL EAST UPDATES:

Has Bryce Harper locked back in? He homers again in a Phillies win - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"The Phils are 25-25 with 10 games to play. They are currently in the eighth and final NL playoff spot, a half-game behind Gabe Kapler's Giants for seventh."

Luis Rojas deserves managerial job — with the Mets or elsewhere - (NY Post)
"For such a reserved guy, Luis Rojas sure seems to stumble onto a bunch of loud situations. Credit the Mets, who could find ways to complicate dry toast."

MLB standings will get shaken up in final week - (Sports Illustrated)
"I will be watching whether the Miami Marlins can hold on to a playoff spot. It is truly a remarkable story." - Tom Verducci

Freddie Freeman gaining national recognition as MVP candidate - (AJC.com)
"Freddie Freeman’s National League MVP case is gaining traction as the regular season winds down."