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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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May 19, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Billy Rowell's last at-bat for Bishop Eustace Prep was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in high school sports. Mike Trout's last at-bat for Millville High School wasn't close in terms of theatrical flourish. Which just goes to show how much one at-bat - and any amount of theatrical flourish - means when it comes to projecting professional success for high school baseball players. The last two South Jersey players to be selected in the first round of the major-league draft were in the news for drastically different reasons this week.
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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 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.
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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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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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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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July 15, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading righthander Seth Rosin competed in the Arizona Fall League in 2011, and two of his teammates were Mike Trout of Millville and Bryce Harper, both recently named to their second Major League Baseball All-Star Game. So with that as background, it's interesting to get Rosin's take on his teammate, third baseman Maikel Franco, The Inquirer's No. 3-ranked Phillies prospect. Entering the weekend, Franco was hitting .392 with five home runs and 79 at-bats since his promotion from Clearwater to double-A Reading.
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April 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The first pitch Cole Hamels delivered last night ended up as a souvenir. Former Braves, Jays, Rays and A's castoff Yunel Escobar jumped on a fastball and deposited it in the small section of red seats to the left of dead center at Nationals Park. For the third time in as many starts this season, Hamels, the owner of the largest contract in Phillies history, served up the game's first run, putting his team behind. As he's often done during his decadelong career, Hamels rebounded at first.
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April 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE UMPIRING crew took its time to get out to home plate Friday night. The Phillie Phanatic noted the umps' tardiness, shaking his head in mock disgust and pointing to the imaginary watch on his wrist. Eventually, the managers of the two teams converged at the plate, too, and the game got underway, only 2 minutes late of the scheduled starting time for the first pitch. Part of you wondered whether they were waiting for seat fillers to come in and turn the frown upside down on the 12-year-old South Philly ballpark.
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April 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryce Harper remained in the batter's box as the Phillies jogged toward their dugout. The Washington outfielder shook his head and lightly swung his bat three times. Harper was befuddled after watching Ken Giles' slider cross the plate to end the eighth inning of a 4-1 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. Giles showed on Friday night how potent his right arm is when his slider is under control. He struck out two batters and helped silence the notion that his back continues to ail him. Giles threw the menacing slider 10 times, eight of which were strikes.
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February 10, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com (First in a series of NL East previews)
TAKING A LOOK AT the Washington Nationals: Manager: Matt Williams Last 5 years: 2014: 96-66, first place; 2013: 86-76, second place; 2012: 98-64, first place; 2011: 80-81, third place; 2010: 69-93, fifth place Additions: Righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer, second baseman Yunel Escobar, utilityman Kevin Frandsen Loses: First baseman Adam LaRoche, righthanded pitcher Tyler Clippard, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera ...
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September 7, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Maikel Franco saw plenty of firsts in his second start with the Phillies. The prized third-base prospect got his first hit and was part of his first wild comeback effort. Ben Revere's two-out solo home run in the ninth inning sent the game into extras, and then Franco broke the tie in the 11th on a fielder's choice as the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-8, on Friday at Nationals Park. Revere's shocking homer in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano tied the score at 7. It was Revere's second career home run. "I was trying to put a good swing on the ball and do as much possible as try to drive it," Revere said of the blast.
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August 5, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - San Diego natives, aces of their respective teams, division rivals. Right now, the relationship between Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg is mostly a professional one. When their playing days are through, Hamels said, "Maybe we'll mix in some golf. " For now, baseball is treating both just fine. Yesterday, in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Phillies, the two pitchers combined to dominate each others' lineups for 14 innings. The only run scored against either of them was of the unearned variety, with a fielding error by Phillies third baseman Cody Asche setting up a two-out RBI single by Denard Span in the third inning.
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August 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett has encountered his share of trouble in the first two innings of games this season, but this time there was a twist. His slow start was followed by a quick exit. One pitch after allowing a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon, Burnett was tossed, and the Phillies went on to lose, 11-0, to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Saturday night. After throwing a first-pitch ball to Jayson Werth, Burnett exchanged pleasantries with home plate umpire Chris Guccione.
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June 5, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - With two runners on, two outs and another shutout loss hanging in the balance, Ben Revere jumped on a fastball from Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard, but the bouncing ball found a home in the waiting glove of shortstop Ian Desmond. Desmond fired to first and the Phillies lost their fourth straight game, 7-0, last night. Jordan Zimmermann and Clippard combined to hand the Phillies their seventh shutout loss in their last 27 games. Less than a half-hour after making the last out, Revere dressed in a quiet clubhouse and couldn't hide a frustration that's been mounting with the team as a whole for the better part of the last month.
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May 19, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
THE PRESIDENT of the United States is required once a year to report to Congress on the "State of the Union. " It is often more of a campaign speech for the policies the president wants to enact, but, in a tip of the hat to tradition, the president always ends with the reassuring words, "the state of the union is strong!" When thinking about this, I decided that mid-May might be a perfect time for my report on the "the state of professional sports in Philadelphia. " If we polled the sports fans of our city and gave them a choice of "strong," "fair" or "weak," my guess is that "weak" would come in a solid first, followed by "fair," with "strong" in dead last.
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April 23, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Mike Trout says it's "pretty cool" to be compared with Bryce Harper. He says the same goes for "Mickey Mantle and those Hall of Fame guys. " That underscores the big difference between the two young baseball stars who took the same field in a regular-season game for the first time Monday night at Nationals Park. The 21-year-old Harper still is a player best defined by his potential: The Washington leftfielder looks like he could be one of the all-time greats.
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