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All-Star lineups set with Harper featured in big spot


All-Star lineups set with Harper featured in big spot

CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon.

Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL lineup that also includes former MVP Andrew McCutchen, Reds slugger Todd Frazier (playing this game in Cincinnati), Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Harper reached the All-Star break hitting .339 with 26 homers, 61 RBI, 63 walks and a league-leading .464 on-base percentage, .704 slugging percentage and 1.168 OPS.

This is Harper's third All-Star appearance, the second time he has been voted in as a starter, but the first time he'll play such a prominent role in the game. When he started in 2013 at Citi Field, he hit ninth in the NL lineup.

Harper is still seeking his first career All-Star hit; he'll enter this game 0-for-3 with a walk in the Midsummer Classic.

Bochy decided to name Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke his starting pitcher for the game at Great American Ball Park, a decision perhaps made easier when Max Scherzer started Sunday's game in Baltimore, making himself ineligible to pitch Tuesday.

Though he won't appear in the All-Star Game, Scherzer did come to Cincinnati for the festivities and was present at the starting lineups press conference. The right-hander joined several other prominent players in support of a joint MLB/MLBPA announcement of $30 million being donated to youth baseball and softball facilities.

Here are the full lineups for both leagues in Tuesday night's game...

CF Andrew McCutchen, PIT
3B Todd Frazier, CIN
RF Bryce Harper, WSH
1B Paul Goldschmidt, AZ
C Buster Posey, SF
DH Anthony Rizzo, CHC
SS Jhonny Peralta, STL
LF Joc Pederson, LAD
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
(RHP Zack Greinke, LAD)

CF Mike Trout, LAA
3B Josh Donaldson, TOR
1B Albert Pujols, LAA
DH Nelson Cruz, SEA
RF Lorenzo Cain, KC
LF Adam Jones, BAL
C Salvador Perez, KC
2B Jose Altuve, HOU
SS Alcides Escobar, KC
(LHP Dallas Keuchel, HOU)

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Nats put Scherzer-Strasburg scuffle aside to split Braves series


Nats put Scherzer-Strasburg scuffle aside to split Braves series

Bryce Harper homered, Max Scherzer struck out seven in six innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Sunday.

Anthony Rendon also had two hits and drove in two runs for Washington, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and helping the Nationals earn a split of the series after Saturday's game was rained out. Adam Eaton and Juan Soto each had three hits.

Two days after a heated exchange with teammate Stephen Strasburg during Friday's 8-5 loss, Scherzer (13-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in his third straight win. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has pitched six or more innings in his last 19 starts.

Kelvin Herrera got five outs for his first save with Washington.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 55 minutes by rain, and another downpour stopped play for almost 100 minutes between the sixth and seventh innings.

Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (7-6) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Harper singled in Eaton to give Washington a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Matt Adams added another RBI single in the seventh, and Harper added a solo drive in the eighth for his 24th homer.

Scherzer was staked to an early 3-0 lead and then got some help from his defense.

Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the third with a drive off the wall in center, but he was thrown out by Harper while trying for a double. With a runner on first in the fifth, Freddie Freeman's blast to right was chased down by Eaton on the warning track.

Then in the seventh, Michael A. Taylor made a leaping catch at the wall in center to rob Dansby Swanson of extra bases with one runner on.

Washington got off to a fast start with three runs in the first. Rendon drove in Eaton and Harper with a triple down the right-field line, and then scored on Soto's groundout.

Swanson drove in Atlanta's runs with a groundout in the second and a single in the fourth.


Braves: All-Star 2B Ozzie Albies, who left Friday's game with right hamstring tightness, got the day off.

Nationals: RHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) experienced extended soreness after throwing off the mound Friday. An MRI Saturday revealed a stress reaction, comparable to a bone bruise, in the bridge of his foot and he is wearing a walking boot. ... RHP Koda Glover (right shoulder tendinitis) was reinstated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.


Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (8-5, 3.51 ERA) pitches the opener of a two-game series in Miami on Monday. He already has beaten the Marlins twice this season, allowing one run in 12 innings.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.72 ERA) opens a three-game series in Milwaukee on Monday night. He is 2-4 with a 4.93 ERA in nine career starts versus the Brewers.

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Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Nationals this season. He bruised his left wrist diving for a ball and did not play from April 15 until May 15, when he had two at-bats. He went back on the disabled list, returned June 1 and is hitting .171 (7 for 41) since.

Condra-Bogan, 23, went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 relief outings with Lexington of the South Atlantic League and one appearance with Wilmington of the Carolina League, also Class A.

The trade was announced Sunday.