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Bryce Harper scratched from Saturday’s lineup with sore back

Washington Nationals v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 29: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals stands at home plate after striking out in the 1st inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The Nationals have scratched outfielder Bryce Harper from tonight’s lineup against the Reds due to a sore back. This will be the first game he hasn’t started this season.

Harper was hit square in the middle of his back by a 93 mph fastball from Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani in the seventh inning last night. There was a little bit of drama involved, as the Reds were peeved that he took too long to make it down to first base. It turns out that getting hit in the back by a 93 mph pitch hurts. Who knew?

Clint Robinson will start in Harper’s place in right field tonight while Michael Taylor will start in left.

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