Outfielder Bryce Harper has dropped the appeal of his one-game suspension stemming from Monday's game against the Tigers and will serve the ban for the Nats' Saturday night matchup with the Miami Marlins, the second game of their doubleheader.
Harper was suspended for returning to the field on Monday to celebrate the Nats' walkoff win after he was ejected. Harper was also caught on camera yelling an obscenity to umpire Brian Knight, an action that contributed to his punishment. Harper was also handed an undisclosed fine.
Harper, 23, will miss his first game of the 2016 season due to the suspension. He has started 34 of the team's 35 games and appeared in the other as a pinch-hitter.
In for Harper to play right field for the second game is Chris Heisey. Harper will be eligible to return on Sunday for the series finale between the Nats and Marlins.
By dropping the suspension and taking Saturday night off, Harper avoids potentially missing one of the Nats' games against the New York Mets next week. The Nats travel to New York to play at Citi Field in a Tue.-Thu. series, their first matchup of 2016 with the reigning NL East and NL champions.
The Nationals made the announcement following their 6-4 win over the Marlins in the first game on Saturday.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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