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Nationals first base coach ejected defending Howie Kendrick

Nationals first base coach ejected defending Howie Kendrick

First base coaches typically aren’t in the spotlight very often, but that wasn’t the case on Friday night in the eighth inning at Nationals Park.

Tim Bogar, who’s in his second season at the Nats’ first base coach, was ejected after arguing with umpire Tim Timmons over a called check swing on Howie Kendrick.

Despite MLB umpires having tossed 200 players and coaches this season entering play Friday, this marks the first time that a first or third base coach has been ejected in 2019. The last time a first base coach was told to leave the field was July 8, 2018, when the Blue Jays’ Tim Leiper was tossed by Bill Welke.

Bench coach Chip Hale replaced Bogar for the remainder of the game.

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Cardinals pull Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches in first inning

Cardinals pull Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches in first inning

The Nationals are on fire. Eight Nationals batters put up eight runs and only recorded one out — which was a sacrifice fly that scored a run — before the Cardinals pulled starter Dakota Hudson and turned to veteran Adam Wainwright.

Hudson's start is the shortest in Cardinals' postseason history.

Hudson's seven earned runs are tied for the most by a pitcher in a start that was 1/3 of an inning or shorter. He's tied with Mike Foltynewicz, the Braves' starter who the Cardinals knocked out to get to the NLCS.

There's probably not much he could have done against these Nationals' bats, though.

Oh, and Patrick Corbin has five strikeouts on 23 pitches through two innings.

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Nationals remind everyone Bryce Harper 'wants to bring a title back to D.C.'

Nationals remind everyone Bryce Harper 'wants to bring a title back to D.C.'

The Nationals are trying to bring a championship to the nation’s capital, an obvious goal for a team on the cusp of its first-ever World Series berth.

It’s not just current Nationals looking to bring a title to Washington, as former outfielder Bryce Harper so notably “announced” during spring training before the season.

Harper’s gaffe was an honest mistake for a player who had spent half a dozen years with the Nationals, but that sure didn’t make it any less fun for local fans.

After the Phillies finished 81-81 in Harper’s debut season, while the Nationals finished 93-69 and finally broke through to exorcise their postseason demons this October, the team’s official account decided to have some fun with Harper’s comment as well.

It’s an obvious and hilarious shot taken at a player who was once the most famous face of the organization. This is exactly what sports Twitter was invented for.

Though it’s entirely possible Harper really is pulling for his former franchise, with his current team long out of the running, it’s fair to assume his focus is on bringing at least one title to Philadelphia in the next…(checks notes) *12 years* he has remaining on his contract.

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