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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo ejected; Brock Holt starts hitting + Trea Turner extension talk...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the Nationals and Rays to start a two-game set in D.C.

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

Brock hold went 4 for 5 on Saturday, with hits in each of his final four at bats, and followed that up with a 3 for 4 game in the series finale with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

“I think it’s just finally getting some consistent at bats, but obviously feeling better, seeing the ball better, just trying to put together good at bats,” Holt said after the Nationals’ 10-3 loss to the Braves.

One things that’s helped, Holt said, is trying to, “not really focus on the numbers and what they are and just trying to go up and have a good at bat.

“It’s good to see some results. Obviously this is a game based off of results, so you want to see them, so it’s nice to finally see some results happening.

“Just feeling better and seeing the ball better, and just like I said trying to have good at bats.”

The age of Holt is here. Bow. Go read your links...


Mike Rizzo signs extension:

Mike Rizzo: ‘I would love to do this thing for the rest of my life’ - (NBC Sports Washington)
"There was little doubt a deal would be reached. The sides both started from a place of trust and understanding."

Mike Rizzo shifts attention to Dave Martinez after contract settled - (Washington Times)
"But on Sunday, with a new three-year deal signed a day prior, Rizzo maintained he trusted his bosses to reward him. And they did. Rizzo said he was relaxed — not relieved — that the deal got done."

Nationals’ Mike Rizzo wants to sign Dave Martinez to a long-term deal - (WaPost)
"The Nationals hold a 2021 club option for Dave Martinez. Mike Rizzo is looking beyond that."

Rizzo says new contract for Martinez is top priority - (MASN)
"Rizzo said serious talks about the extension began about a week and a half ago before the Nats went on their long road trip and accelerated over the last couple of days."

Other Nats Links:

Nationals have talked to Trea Turner about a contract extension - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals are aware of Turner blooming into the player they expected. They also know his ticking clock will lead to a large contract soon."

Sans Soto, Nats' new-look lineup splits series - (
"Juan Soto missed the entire series because of left elbow soreness. He remains day to day."

Nationals have few answers for Braves in lopsided series finale - (The Washington Post)
"They are 14-25 and by falling to the Braves failed in their attempt to win three straight for the first time since July 29-Aug. 4."

Another Freeman grand slam dooms Nats in 10-3 defeat - (MASN)
"Freddie Freeman had no grand slams to his credit prior to the Braves’ series this weekend against the Nationals at Truist Park."


Out of the box: Umps eject Nats GM Rizzo from luxury suite - (AP News)
"Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was tossed for yelling at umpires from a luxury suite in Atlanta on Sunday, with longtime crew chief Joe West saying, 'enough is enough.'"


Total deGrominance: 35 swinging strikes - (
"He generated a career-high 35 swinging strikes, tied with Clayton Kershaw and Danny Duffy for the most by a pitcher since league-wide pitch tracking began in 2008."

Phillies enter big week dangerously thin on outfielders - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"The Phillies are embarking on a crucial stretch of their season with a profound shortage of outfielders."

Jazz makes sweet grab, eats sour snack - (
"Making just the second start of his big league career, Marlins rookie shortstop Jazz Chisholm turned heads with his defense in Miami's 5-4 loss on Sunday at Tropicana Field."

Freddie Freeman hits another grand slam in Braves’ win over Nationals - (
"Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman waited 10 years for his first career grand slam. He waited almost two full days for his second."