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Does Bryce Harper owe Nationals fans a thank you note? Alan May says he doesn't

Does Bryce Harper owe Nationals fans a thank you note? Alan May says he doesn't

It's been a full week since Bryce Harper chose Philly as his home for the next 13 years.

He's been welcomed to the City of Brotherly Love with just that and Harper is giving his new home admiration in return.

During the Capitals' 5-3 win over the Flyers Wednesday night, the team welcomed the 26-year-old to his new home with a 'Welcome Bryce Harper' video message.

"Well, that was pretty unnecessary on the video board, wasn't it?" Caps play-by-play announcer John Walton said. 

While Harper appears to be enjoying his new home, he has yet to say goodbye to his former home bringing up the question does Harper owe the city of D.C. a thank you note? Alan May doesn't think so.

"No one has to do any of that stuff just because other players have done it," May said on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies. "I think his life has probably been a whirlwind since last week when he signed that contract. But he's gonna move on."

With the world at our finger tips thanks to social media, it's common practice for athletes to take to Twitter or Instagram to thank their former teams and their fans. Back in July, Manny Machado said goodbye to the city of Baltimore via Instagram after eight years with the Orioles. May believes it's gotten to the point where it's just too much. 

"I just don't think that everyone has to be, it's almost to the level of being cheesy that everyone does all these things and it's almost sort of a copycat. It doesn't matter," he said. "He's moved on. He signed with another team. I'm sure that he'll always say great things about playing in D.C. and the fans and the ball park and the great atmosphere that they had." 

Drafted by the Nats with the first overall selection of the 2010 MLB Draft, Harper was voted to six All-Star games, was the National League MVP in 2015 and National League Rookie of the Year in 2012. One of the most recognizable faces in Major League Baseball, Harper will make his return to right field at Nats Park on April 2 and 3 likely to mixed reviews. 

"He's gonna get cheers," May added. "I'm sure the first time he comes here true Nats fan will cheer for him. They'll give him the golf clap when he trots around the field, but after that I'm sure people will start to boo."

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer on track for Friday start after tweaking left intercostal

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer on track for Friday start after tweaking left intercostal

The Washington Nationals dropped their first of three games against the Colorado Rockies, 7-5 Monday night.

Here's the latest Nats and Rockies news. 

Player Notes: 

NATS:

Anthony Rendon (elbow) remained out of the Nats lineup Monday after getting hit by a pitch over the weekend in Miami. While it was the second-straight game he's missed, he could be available to pinch-hit soon. 

Shortstop Trea Turner has not yet been cleared to throw or hit. Turner has been taking grounders and participating in other baseball activities after fracturing his finger April 2. He is two and a half weeks into his projected 4-6 week rehabilitation. 

Max Scherzer is on track to make his scheduled start Friday against the Padres. The starting pitcher tweaked his left intercostal after dodging a foul ball in Sunday's game. 

Second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in the Nats' loss Monday. Dozier now has four home runs in a Nat uniform. He was also walked twice, raising his OPS to .669. 

ROCKIES:

Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson allowed five runs over three innings Monday night. Anderson walked three and allowed four hits. He also struck out four. Anderson was eventually pulled after giving up a home run to Brian Dozier in the third with two runners on. 

Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs Monday. His homer was his 1,000 hit of his MLB career. 

Relief pitcher Wade Davis allowed a hit, but didn't give up a run while earning the save in the team's win over the Nats. Despite giving up a double to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the ninth, the closer got his second save of the season. 

Mark Reynolds tied the game 5-5 in the fifth after a two-run shot off of Jeremy Hellickson. The first baseman went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. 

Injuries:

3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow hit by pitch, sidelined

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL

Coming Up:

Tuesday, 4/23: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Wednesday, 4/24: Nationals @ Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Friday, 4/26: Padres @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nats Park 

Source: Rotoworld

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3 things to watch as the Nationals try to even the series with Colorado

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3 things to watch as the Nationals try to even the series with Colorado

Here are three things to watch for as the Nationals try to even the series in Colorado: 

1. Brian Dozier's slow start to 2019 seems to be in the rearview mirror. The second baseman hit his third long-ball in four games Monday night inside Coors Field. 

2. How long will Anthony Rendon be held out of the lineup? The third baseman is nursing his left elbow after being hit by a Jose Urena pitch Saturday in Miami. 

3. One of the MLB's best closers remains unsigned 20+ games into the season. Craig Kimbrel could very well help solve an NL East division-wide problem

Coming Up:

Tuesday, 4/23: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Wednesday, 4/24: Nationals @ Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Friday, 4/26: Padres @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

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