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April 19, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The bases were empty with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday, and manager Pete Mackanin opted to allow Jeanmar Gomez to face Bryce Harper. The manager knew the risk. Harper had homered in three straight games. Then he made it four straight. Gomez offered Harper a full-count fastball, and Harper rocked it to right-center field, pushing the Nationals to a one-run lead in an eventual 3-2 Phillies win. It was Harper's sixth straight game in Philadelphia with a home run, tying a mark for visiting players set by Ernie Banks in 1955.
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May 6, 2013
Washington's Bryce Harper was ejected from Sunday's game against Pittsburgh for arguing with - and showing up - third base umpire John Hirschbeck. It happened in the first inning. Harper tried to hold up on a 2-2 pitch and home plate umpire Bob Davidson pointed to Hirschbeck for help. Hirschbeck signaled strike, at which point Harper stood outside the batter's box, eyeballed the ump, dropped his bat, and got the boot. Didn't matter, as the Nationals won, 6-2. Harper was also tossed Aug. 29, when he spiked his helmet after grounding into a double play against the Mets.
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April 8, 2011
Time to revive this urban myth The juiced ball is baseball's favorite straw man, a bogey so pervasive that you want to believe he's real just so you can knock him down, or at least brush him back. This year is no different, reports Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan . After opening weekend yielded a home-run bonanza, many in baseball began speculating. What's behind the home-run frenzy? Could the ball be juiced? Could it? All it took to confirm the suspicions was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's quoting an unnamed bullpen catcher who said, yep, the balls feel harder this year.
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April 3, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
WASHINGTON - For Bryce Harper, two homers in his first two at-bats - making him the youngest ever to go yard twice on opening day. For Stephen Strasburg, 19 consecutive outs during one stretch of his seven scoreless innings. And for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals, a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in the first game of a season that lame-duck manager Davey Johnson has declared should be defined as "World Series or Bust. " Harper, the 20-year-old leftfielder coming off NL rookie-of-the-year honors, hit solo shots over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field off Ricky Nolasco in both the first and fourth innings.
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May 28, 2013
The Nationals played Monday without Bryce Harper, who has swelling in his left knee. Harper's injury was aggravated in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Phillies and he had an MRI. Team medical director Wiemi Douoguih said the outfielder has inflammation of the bursa sac in front of his knee, which he anticipates "clearing up in a couple of days. " The MRI showed some soft tissue swelling, but no structural damage, Douoguih said.   Farewell tour Mariano Rivera wasn't prepared for the question.
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May 13, 2012 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
He was born Salvatore Anthony Maglie, but he was best known as Sal the Barber - in honor of his high, hard one that gave hitters a close shave. He had a dark five o'clock shadow and a menacing glower that could melt steel, and he turned the knockdown pitch into an art. In the 1950s he pitched for all three New York teams, and over his career had a 23-win season and a no-hitter, and pitched in three World Series. "If you try to dig in on him," one batter said, "there goes your Adam's apple.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013
Just one National League player began Monday with more home runs than Domonic Brown: Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies. The 25-year-old Phillies leftfielder is headed to his first All-Star Game, and he had been looking forward to participating in the Home Run Derby. His 23 homers made him a sure bet to be selected. But he was not. David Wright (13 homers), Gonzalez (24), Michael Cuddyer (15), and Bryce Harper (13) will compete for the NL. Wright is the captain of the team, although Major League Baseball played a role in determining the teams.
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March 19, 2016
Major League Baseball umpire Tim Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons. Welke told The Associated Press that he had one knee replacement surgery in January and would have another in June. The 58-year-old Welke worked the World Series four times and was the plate umpire for last year's All-Star Game. Welke handled more than 4,200 games in the regular season, almost half of them as a crew chief. For a couple of years, that crew included his brother, Bill. Managers, players and fellow umpires often praised Welke for his even-tempered demeanor and ability to control a game without letting emotions escalate.
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May 10, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
WASHINGTON Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was penalized by Major League Baseball following his remarks about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. MLB said Tuesday that Rizzo was disciplined, without providing specifics. In general, penalties for non-uniformed personnel involve a fine. Rizzo was upset that Hamels hit Nationals rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch on Sunday night and then said he deliberately tried to plunk him. Hamels was suspended for five games by MLB on Monday and fined.
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June 23, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
In a year without a consensus No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft, Mike Garcia had no question. The Phillies' area scout for Southern California was sold on outfielder Mickey Moniak. "I was fighting for him. I loved him. I wanted him no matter what," Garcia said. "Even if we hadn't gotten him, I love the kid. Period. " On Tuesday, Garcia watched Moniak button up a Phillies No. 2 jersey to the sound of a dozen cameras clicking, snapping photos of someone he hopes is the organization's future.
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June 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp offered a few words to Jeanmar Gomez and then slapped the pitcher on the back. There was not much for the catcher to say. The task was simple. One more out and the Phillies were flying out of Washington with a win. The task proved to be too much. Jayson Werth ripped a two-run single up the middle. Gomez reached with his glove but never had a chance, and the Phillies left Nationals Park with a 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon. Their sixth straight loss to Washington proved to be the most brutal of them all. The Phillies - who looked dormant for much of the weekend - rallied from three runs down and went ahead in the ninth.
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June 1, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Jeremy Hellickson was throwing freely and effectively. The Phillies righthander needed just 79 pitches to get through seven innings Monday night, with the Phillies leading, 2-1. But his night was finished and as it turns out, so was his team. Hector Neris, who entered the game having been unscored upon in his previous 92/3 innings, lasted only two-thirds of an inning. Neris allowed three runs as the Washington Nationals beat the Phillies, 4-3, before 21,993 at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 30, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp roared into second base on Thursday evening and pounded his fists. The Phillies finally found a run, breaking a scoreless tie in the ninth inning against one of baseball's top teams. Rupp skied a fly ball that soared past the reach of Bryce Harper and fell into deep right field, scoring the winning run of a 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. The Phillies - the team picked to finish as one of baseball's worst teams - had shocked the first-place Nationals again, completing a three-game sweep at Nationals Park.
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April 28, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Everyone in the ballpark, including Maikel Franco, eyed the ball he had launched deep into the night. It eluded a leaping Michael A. Taylor in center field, and the Phillies jumped ahead of the team with baseball's best record. But, as the eventual winning run in a 4-3 Phillies victory crossed the plate in the seventh inning Tuesday night, Franco's body splayed across the Nationals Park infield dirt. The franchise cornerstone tripped. He hobbled to second base, where a cadre of Phillies officials met him. He had twisted his right ankle.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it's spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping the Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It's not until I've fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics. My non-baseball friends are forever puzzled by my devotion to the game. I agree entirely with them about the irrationality of fandom. Why should a grown man with a house, a family, two jobs, and a cat named Will Feral (brought in from the cold and now largely domesticated, like the Danish King Canute by the English)
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April 19, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The bases were empty with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday, and manager Pete Mackanin opted to allow Jeanmar Gomez to face Bryce Harper. The manager knew the risk. Harper had homered in three straight games. Then he made it four straight. Gomez offered Harper a full-count fastball, and Harper rocked it to right-center field, pushing the Nationals to a one-run lead in an eventual 3-2 Phillies win. It was Harper's sixth straight game in Philadelphia with a home run, tying a mark for visiting players set by Ernie Banks in 1955.
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April 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Aaron Nola placed his glove on his hip and turned to his side as an 8-1 loss to Washington on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park continued to unravel. The Phillies pitcher followed the path of the baseball as it rocketed off Bryce Harper's bat, sneaked inside the right-field foul pole, and crashed into Section 106. There was not much more for Nola to see as he turned toward home plate and waited for a new baseball. His miserable night was now even worse. The righthander allowed a career-high seven runs, the final two of which scored on Harper's homer in the fifth.
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March 20, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
By late Thursday afternoon, the NCAA tournament was raging. Social media was aflame with March Madness, and all throughout America, brackets were being scrutinized like eye charts. Bars, restaurants, dens, even normally staid offices had come alive. And on a TV in the deserted furniture section of a dying mall department store, an old man watched an exhibition game between the Phillies and Rays. The tableau spoke volumes about aging Baby Boomers and the aging sport they cling to. "Baseball is tired," Bryce Harper, the Nationals' 23-year-old superstar, said recently.
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