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Harper, Williams strongly disagree with ejections from win vs. Yankees

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Harper, Williams strongly disagree with ejections from win vs. Yankees

Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night's win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections.

Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were ejected in the first place.

"I'm really not sure. I have no idea. I think the whole thing was me not getting into the box," Harper said.

"I can't. I can't explain it. I don't believe there's anything that warrants throwing him out of the game right there," Williams said.

Both also strongly disagreed with Hudson's decision.

"I don't think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple," Harper continued. "I really don't think they did. Especially when we're playing the Yankees. The Yankees are a good team, we're a good team and we're rolling. I don't want to get tossed. There's no reason for me to get tossed in that situation. I don't think I did anything bad to get tossed. Maybe he just had a bad morning or he didn't get his coffee."

"Doggone it, he's our best player and arguably the best player on the planet right now. And we need him in the game," Williams said. "And I don't feel as if there was any need to throw him out. So that's why I went out and argued."

The whole sequence began after Hudson called strike one on a pitch by Yankees starter Drew Warren in the bottom of the third inning. It was a breaking ball that was low as it crossed the plate. Harper thought it was out of the strike zone and let Hudson know about it.

"That was a little down, don't you think?" Harper recalled saying as he looked down and dug back in for the second pitch.

Hudson then told Harper to get back into the box. Williams and others in the dugout took issue with both the pitch and the exchange and started yelling at Hudson. The umpire then took his mask off to yell back at Williams.

Harper said Hudson then told him to get back in the box, but Harper replied he wouldn't because Hudson was still talking to Williams. Harper said he made sure to keep his head down as he talked back to Hudson so the umpire wouldn't think he was showing him up.

"Once you tell me to get in the box then I’m gonna take my time," Harper said. "I mean truly, I don’t need to get in the box when you’re chirping at my manager. And I don’t need to be in the box with your mask off. I mean that’s an equipment violation if you have your mask off. So nothing I can do."

Hudson spoke after the game to a pool reporter and clarified some of the situation, though he wouldn't get into specifics of what Harper and Williams said.

"Had nothing to do with the box," he said. "[Harper] didn't like the pitch, and I let him have his say going and coming. The dugout didn't like it, and one thing led to another and I had to run him. I had to eject him."

On Williams: "He said something he shouldn't have."

It was Harper's fifth career ejection and his second in a week. Both he and Williams were ejected from last Wednesday's game in Arizona. The Nationals also rallied to win that game after both were tossed, but this one put them in sole possession of first place in the NL East.

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Stephen Strasburg makes history at the plate against Atlanta

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Stephen Strasburg makes history at the plate against Atlanta

Stephen Strasburg had the best hitting performance of his career against the Braves Thursday night, going 3-3 at the plate with two singles and a 420-foot three-run bomb. 

He didn't just set personal records but reached rare air in baseball history. He's the second pitcher ever with at least three hits, a HR, and five RBI since the DH debuted in 1973 and the fifth pitcher in the last 50 seasons to get two hits in an inning including a home run. 

Strasburg set franchise firsts with his performance, dating all the way back to the Expos. 

An extraordinary milestone for the Nationals' ace, hopefully Strasburg's performance will inspire the team during a crucial four-game series with Atlanta. 

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Nationals Roundup: Strasburg shines in Nationals' blowout of Braves

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Nationals Roundup: Strasburg shines in Nationals' blowout of Braves

In the first contest of a momentous four-game series, the Nationals trounced the Braves by a score of 13-4 behind Stephen Strasburg's historic performance. The Nationals improved to 51-44 and have the best record in baseball since May 24th

Here's the pertinent news to consider as the Nationals attempt to close the gap with division-leading Atlanta.  

Players News: 

Stephen Strasburg was effective as usual on the mound, but his performance at the plate was all anyone could talk about. He went 3-3 with two singles and a 420-foot bomb, becoming the second pitcher since 1973 to record three hits, a HR, and five RBIs in a game. In addition, he tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball and registered his NL-leading 12th win of the season. 

Adam Eaton opened the scoring with an RBI triple to plate Stephen Strasburg, the first of eight runs in the third inning. In 91 games, he's batting .283/.365/.391 with six home runs and 24 RBI as one of many unsung heroes of the Nationals' hot streak. 

Anthony Rendon went 3-5 on the day, knocking in Adam Eaton with a double to deep center to give the Nats a 2-1 lead in the third inning. In the five games since the All-Star game, Rendon is batting .421/.522/.579 with three doubles. 

Injuries:

SP Max Scherzer: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Jonny Venters: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 18

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Aug 25

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 16

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, Expected to be out until at least Aug 7

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 17

Coming Up: 

Friday 7/19: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Saturday 7/20: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Sunday 7/21: Nationals at Braves, 7:05 p.m. SunTrust Park

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