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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals win another series; Juan Soto talks IL stint + more Nats news...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you figure out what to do with your off day...

St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

What does Davey Martinez make of the first 16 games, over which his Nationals are 7-9 after taking 2 of 3 from the Cardinals this week?

“I’d much prefer being 9-7 or above .500,” Martinez told reporters after the 1-0 win over the Cards in the series finale in Nationals Park.

“But you know what,” he continued, “like I told them again tonight, I said, ‘Hey, keep playing, keep grinding. Go 1-0 every day. That’s who we are. Don’t change anything. Keep plugging away. We’re going to be fine.’ And these guys, like I said they come out every day and they play as hard as they can, and today we just needed one more than the other guys like we do every day, and all we needed was one.”

One ring to rule them all. 1-0 every day. One is the loneliest number. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Soto Stories:

Juan Soto addresses his shoulder strain, IL stint - The Washington Post
Juan Soto, 22, is sidelined with a strained left shoulder. The soonest he could return is April 30.

Juan Soto on Nationals' injured list left shoulder - (MLB.com)
"The results Soto saw after his time away in 2020 were a silver lining in a frustrating situation."

Soto stays positive, Strasburg is throwing, weekend rotation set - (MASN)
"Little could the 22-year-old slugger have imagined he’d wind up on the 10-day injured list several hours later with a diagnosed shoulder strain."

Scherzer Stories:

Max Scherzer, Nationals hold on to take series from Cardinals - (Washington Times)
"To put into perspective what Max Scherzer has done in his career, look at the names the Washington Nationals right-hander finds himself approaching, matching and then passing."

Max Scherzer, Nationals beat Cardinals on windy day - The Washington Post
Max Scherzer pitches six scoreless innings on a gusty day at Nationals Park, and the Nationals beat the Cardinals, 1-0.

Max Scherzer strikes out 9 historic win vs. Cardinals - (MLB.com)
"Max Scherzer’s ERA dipped to a head-turning 0.47 in his last three starts after a scoreless six-inning outing against the Cardinals on Wednesday."

Scherzer and bullpen combine for 1-0 shutout of Cards - (MASN)
"Max Scherzer still has it, thank you very much. And the Nationals bullpen still has some intestinal fortitude, in case you were wondering."

Other Nats Stories:

Mike Rizzo doesn't think Stephen Strasburg, Juan Soto injuries are long-term - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals -- who won their first game without both stars on Tuesday, a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals -- must press on without Soto and Strasburg, but general manager Mike Rizzo did not seem too concerned about either injury."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Mookie Betts, Stephen Strasburg, and 2021’s Most Irreplaceable Players - (FanGraphs)
"Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals was placed on the Injured List with shoulder inflammation after a mess of a start that saw him caught rubbing his shoulder on camera."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies vs. Giants: Bryce Harper 'a pitcher's worst nightmare' in win - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Phillies players jumped around like a bunch of second-graders in a moon bounce after Andrew Knapp drove home Bryce Harper with the clinching run in a 6-5 walk-off victory over the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Park on Wednesday afternoon."

Chili Davis: Francisco Lindor will be 'great hitter' again - (NY Post)
"Francisco Lindor’s slow start has left Mets officials searching for answers."

Trevor Rogers pitches career-high 7 innings - (MLB.com)
"Less than an hour before the first pitch of the Marlins’ 3-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon at loanDepot park, general manager Kim Ng provided her assessment of the ballclub through the season's first 16 games."

Braves injury updates: Smyly returning Saturday, Acuna progressing well - (AJC.com)
"The Braves will get a bit healthier Saturday when left-hander Drew Smyly returns and starts against the Diamondbacks, manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday..."