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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals win series in St. Louis; Joe Ross up to 11 scoreless to start season + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the start of the second homestand of the season.

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Find somebody who talks about you the way Ryan Zimmerman talks about Joe Ross, or, maybe be the sort of person Ross seems to be and then Zimmerman will talk about you.

”I”m so happy for Joe,” Zimmerman said after Ross threw six scoreless in St. Louis in a 6-0 win over the Cardinals.

“He’s kind of a quiet guy. He just kind of goes about his business, he works hard, but with what he went through and then obviously sitting out last year, he’s just such a solid person is the best way to explain Joe.

“I think obviously on the field he competes and he works his butt off, but off the field, he’s just an awesome guy. So to see him kind of get back to basically pre-surgery, when I think he has some of the best stuff on our staff, and that’s saying something.

“You talk to guys that get to first base, and talk about his sinker/slider combo, and he’s starting to learn how to pitch a little bit more, so I’m excited to see what he can do this year, and like I said, I’m really happy for him, and he’s just such a good guy, and when people get Tommy John or injuries, you feel bad for him, but to watch him work his way back and how hard he’s gone about it, he just handles his business. He’s a pro and he’s fun to watch, I’m happy for him.”

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NATS BEAT:

Nats go with Turner-Soto combo atop lineup for first time in 2021 - (MASN)
"During his long career, Zimmerman has batted third 899 times, by far the most of any spot in the lineup."

Bullpen steps up for injured Nationals staff - (MLB.com)
"The Nats made an early call to the ‘pen after Strasburg allowed seven runs on eight hits (including three home runs) in four frames."

Mike Rizzo not concerned about Stephen Strasburg after bad start - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Speaking on the Sports Junkies on Wednesday morning, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is not concerned about Strasburg's dipped velocity moving forward."

Nationals back on track after series win with full complement of hitters - (Washington Times)
"For the nearly two weeks Kyle Schwarber spent every second of his day inside, the Washington Nationals left fielder turned his home into a makeshift baseball training facility."

Juan Soto keeps hitting, Joe Ross keeps dealing and the Nats win their first series - (WaPost)
“Juan Soto can’t just walk to the plate without hearing something. Plus, it’s best to get a word in before he swings.”

Ryan Zimmerman homers in new-look lineup - (MLB.com)
"Manager Dave Martinez had a strong feeling this tweak of the Nationals' lineup could work."

Nats ride Ross' zeros, Zimmerman's homer to victory (updated) - (MASN)
"Here, though, is one starter nobody in a Nats uniform needs to be worried about right now: Joe Ross."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies roster move: Adam Haseley out, Mickey Moniak in - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"The Phillies have made an interesting roster move ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mets in New York."

Bernie Madoff dead: How he nearly ruined the Mets - (NY Post)
"Madoff himself insisted that his friend Wilpon never knew about the sinister Ponzi scheme he had been cooking."

Pending free agent Starling Marté showing early signs of big 2021 - (Fish Stripes)
"Marté began the season as one of the hottest hitters for the Marlins. He’s crushing in his contract year!"

Braves put Max Fried, Cristian Pache on injured list - (MLB.com)
"Coming off a career-best season, Fried has posted an 11.45 ERA through three starts."