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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals can’t keep Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. in park; Max Scherzer struggles + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see if the Nats can earn a split with the Jays...

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Davey Martinez was a contemporary Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s Hall of Fame father, Vladimir, Sr. He said last night, after Jr. hit three home runs, one a grand slam, in the Blue Jays’ 95 win in Dunedin, FL, about the differences and similarities he sees between father and son.

“Vladimir was unbelievable. I’ve seen this guy hit balls from down on the ground to up over his head,” Martinez said.

“He had unbelievable quick hands. Looking at Vladi [Jr.], he has a good eye, he doesn’t chase as much as did Sr. That’s one big difference I’ve noticed already, is that he’s up there and he swings at strikes, and it’s tough when you get a young kid like that that does that. I looked at him and I looked at [Juan] Soto, two young kids that actually get the ball in the zone and put good swings on it.”

“I feel like all of his at bats tonight were really, really incredible,” Josh Bell added, when he took was asked about what he saw from the Jays’ 22-year-old slugger.

“Really special. We saw [Jacob] deGrom work last week and that was something else, and we saw it here again, just a franchise superstar at work, it’s fun to watch.”

Unless, of course, you’re the opposing pitcher.

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NATS BEAT:

Max Scherzer gives up two home runs to Vlad Jr. in Nats loss - (MLB.com)
"Scherzer entered the series opener in Dunedin, Fla., having recorded 17 straight scoreless frames. The longest active streak in all of baseball..."

Nats live and die by longball in 9-5 loss to Blue Jays - (MASN)
"Alas, Tuesday night’s game counted, and the Nationals found themselves on the wrong side of a 9-5 score and fell to 8-12 on the season."

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. blasts Nationals with three home runs - (WaPost)
"The young slugger’s seven-RBI night included a go-ahead grand slam against Max Scherzer."

Juan Soto, Stephen Strasburg injury updates - (MLB.com)
"With five key players on the injured list, the Nationals are tracking their progress as each works toward their return -- and in two cases, their 2021 season debuts."

Slumping at the plate, Schwarber is still performing in the field - (MASN)
"Kyle Schwarber has not lived up to the standard expected of him through his first two weeks on the Nationals’ active roster, and he’d be the first to admit that."

Martinez on Turner's forearm, constructing lineup with DH - (MASN)
"The Nationals breathed a heavy sigh of relief earlier today when manager Davey Martinez spoke to Trea Turner and the shortstop told him that he was feeling well enough to play tonight."

Davey Martinez thinks Madison Bumgarner definitely deserves the no-hitter - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Nationals manager Davey Martinez became the latest to voice their support for Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner for being credited with a no-hitter for his complete, seven-innings game on Sunday."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

2021 Minor League Baseball: What's New, What's Changed & More - (Baseball America)
"The Nationals’ former High-A Potomac affiliate moved about 30 miles south on Interstate 95 to Fredericksburg, Va., and joined the Low-A East League."

What to make of the Nationals' poor April, their defense and Victor Robles' over-aggressiveness – (The Athletic)
"The Nationals entered Monday as the least productive National League offense in terms of weighted runs created plus (82), the worst pitching staff in terms of home runs allowed per nine innings (1.62) and the least effective NL starting rotation in terms of ERA (5.21) and fielding independent pitching (5.33)."

Fifty years ago, Curt Flood walked away from the Senators. He left baseball forever changed. - The Washington Post
Fifty years ago Tuesday, Washington Senators outfielder Curt Flood left the team with little explanation, pushed out of baseball and the country by backlash from his attempt to expand players' rights.

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies vs. Cardinals: Zack Wheeler, Adam Wainwright combined for a rare night - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"It was the only game in MLB this season in which both starting pitchers went at least eight innings."

Friendship, memories and a year with the 1969 New York Mets - (ESPN)
"The Amazin' Mets, winners of the 1969 World Series, and are old men now, burdened by age, infirmity and COVID-19. Yet they will always be teammates, together."

Miami Marlins Didn't Lose Much Ticket Sale Revenue in 2020 - (Miami New Times)
"According to a new study, MLB teams weren't exempt. But when it comes to lost revenue from ticket sales, the Miami Marlins, unsurprisingly, escaped least scathed."

Dansby Swanson burns sage - (AJC.com)
"It worked well for the Braves shortstop, who hit his second homer and had his first multi-hit game since April 15."