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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals split their doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves; Juan Soto has sore elbow + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s game with the Braves...

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves - Game Two Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

“That was a long day,” Davey Martinez said after the Nationals wrapped up their twin bill with the Braves in Truist Park.

After their win in the second game, the third-year skipper talked about winning a 10-9 game in which the whole team contributed.

“This was a huge team effort,” he said. “These guys came to play like they do every day. They saw the ball, they got good pitches to hit, and they hit the ball hard.

“It was huge. I’m proud of all these guys. These guys that don’t play every day they step up and they give you everything that they’ve got.”

They might have dug too deep a whole to climb out of, but there’s no quit in his club. They’ll try to go 1-0 again tonight in the 3rd of 4 with their NL East rivals.

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Voth vs ATL:

Austin Voth’s struggles continue, and so do the Nationals - (WaPost)
"That the Nationals chose Crowe as their 29th man — and not [Ben] Braymer or Kyle McGowin — showed that something in his debut intrigued them."

Austin Voth struggles in Nats' loss to Braves - (MLB.com)
"Looking for his first win in his seventh start of the season, Austin Voth adjusted his mindset before taking the mound against the Braves on Friday at Truist Park."

Another Voth start, another loss for reeling Nats - (MASN)
"Major League Baseball games are not supposed to be quite so predictable. But when you put Austin Voth on the mound against a tough Braves lineup..."

Soto Scratched:

Soto scratched with left elbow soreness - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals scratched left fielder Juan Soto from the lineup of Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Braves at Truist Park on Friday because of left elbow soreness..."

More Nats Stories:

Why Luis García is playing but Carter Kieboom is not - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Carter Keiboom’s last day in the major leagues came 10 days ago, on Aug. 25, when his batting average stooped to the Mendoza Line and his irritation boiled over."

First step toward better outfield defense: Better first steps - (MASN)
"Defensive metrics always must be taken with a grain of salt, especially when using them to evaluate only 35 games."

Nationals Have a Chance at Landing No. 1 Pick in 2021 Draft, But It’s Up to Rob Manfred – (NBC4 Washington)
"They sit only one and a half games “behind” the Boston Red Sox for the bottom spot, which in a normal season would put them in line for the No. 1 pick in next summer’s MLB draft."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Baseball America Prospect Report - (Baseball America)
"Garcia, the youngest player in the game, is 18-for-62 with three doubles and a home run to start his big league career. He can also play a little defense."

Nationals' losing streak hits seven: Three reasons why defending champions are likely to miss postseason - (CBSSports.com)
"The Washington Nationals are the reigning World Series champions, but that hasn't counted for much this season."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Bryce Harper out of starting lineup against Mets - (MLB.com)
"The Phillies need Bryce Harper to be swinging a hot bat the final few weeks of the season, which is why manager Joe Girardi did not start him on Friday night against the Mets at Citi Field in New York."

Southpaws continue to stymie Marlins in loss - (MLB.com)
"It’s gone from a small sample size to a trend, and if the Marlins intend to make a serious playoff push in the final three weeks, they’ll have to solve the riddle that has been left-handed pitching."

Freddie Freeman hits first career grand slam - (AJC.com)
"The joy on Freddie Freeman’s face said it all. In his 11th season, the Braves’ All-Star first baseman finally got the monkey off his back."

Starting rotation still Mets biggest concern in final stretch - (New York Daily News)
"The Mets (17-21) are lightyears away from where they were when Brodie Van Wagenen said the team 'probably has the deepest rotation in baseball.'"