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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner talks Erick Fedde; Josh Bell hits homer + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you suffer through another off-day for the D.C. nine...

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“He’s been unbelievable this year,” Trea Turner said of starter Erick Fedde following last night’s 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, in which Turner collected four hits while the right-hander gave up just two in a six-inning outing.

“I think he’s growing each and every day, he’s getting smarter, he’s getting more confident in himself, and making his pitches,” Turner continued, “and the things that he’s worked on in the last two years with the cutter that he didn’t used to have and now he’s got, I think it’s a real weapon for him.”

You can read all about Fedde’s outing and cutter (which he learned Max Scherzer) HERE.

What’s the difference does the 13th pick in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft sees in the 18th overall pick that June?

“For me it’s just the confidence,” Turner said.

“I think the confidence is growing and growing, and that’s a good thing for him and he’s been big for us the last few starts and he was really good tonight.”

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Trea Turner leads Nationals to win over Blue Jays - (MLB.com)
“'Trea is Trea,' manager Dave Martinez said. 'When he really sits back and tries to just drive the ball in the middle of the field, he can do some damage.'"

Trea Turner sparks Nationals past Blue Jays - (WaPost)
“The shortstop makes a crucial defensive play to halt a Toronto rally and has a four-hit night to fuel an 8-2 win.”

Nats bounce back with comfortable win over Jays - (MASN)
"Take tonight’s 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. It was as comfortable a victory as Davey Martinez and company have had all month."

Nationals trust Josh Bell to break slump soon - (MLB.com)
“Martinez had noticed hiccups with Bell’s timing, and that balls he hit with power in an impressive Spring Training were being fouled off.”

Lester still waiting for decision, Soto still waiting to throw - (MASN)
"The Nationals haven’t yet figured out their pitching plans for the weekend. And it doesn’t appear they will until they’ve decided if Jon Lester truly is ready to make his long-awaited season debut."

Mike Rizzo says Victor Robles needs to ‘progress’ at plate, limit strikeouts - (NBC Sports Washington)
“‘At the dish, I think that he certainly needs to progress and put the ball in play way more often,’ Rizzo said.”

Bell recalls struggles in minors to help battle current slump - (MASN)
"And now that we’re nearing the end of April, Bell finds himself in an 0-for-17 slump while batting .109 with two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, a .410 OPS and 14 strikeouts to just four walks."

Toronto Blue Jays' spring training home now sees regular season baseball - (WaPost)
“It’s hard to miss much when watching a regular season game inside a small spring training facility. The crack of the bat has an added pop. So does the sound of a fastball smacking the catcher’s leather mitt.”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. builds own reputation while mirroring father - (Washington Times)
"That swing sent the ball 415 feet, well past the left-center fence, an early grand slam to begin what Guerrero Jr. described as the best game of his career."

Jacob DeGrom Is Outdoing Even Jacob DeGrom - (FiveThirtyEight)
"Beyond his superlative pitching skills, Jacob deGrom’s most impressive trait might be his ability to raise the bar ever higher for himself."

New Minor League Baseball stadiums and team names for 2021 - (MiLB.com)
"The Fredericksburg Nationals relocated from Woodbridge, Va., where they were known as the Potomac Nationals. The team opted to retain the Nationals name..."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Alec Bohm gets a day off to 'reset a little bit' - (MLB.com)
"Bohm has been making hard contact -- 47.5 percent of his balls in play have had an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher, ranking 35th in the Majors in hard-hit rate this season going into Wednesday's games."

Francisco Lindor confident his Mets turnaround is coming - (NY Post)
"It took 18 games for Francisco Lindor to get booed at Citi Field for the first time as a Met."

Marlins battle injuries in win over Brewers - (MLB.com)
"Fish can swim. With the second leg of a three-city, 10-game trip done, the banged-up Marlins hope to prove they can tread water."

Mike Soroka cleared to start throwing exercises - (MLB.com)
"Mike Soroka has been cleared to start completing simple throwing exercises."