Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury

Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury

Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury

Harper, the 2015 MVP who is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs as the most fearsome hitter in the league this season, did not speak to reporters after the game.

Harper has been on the disabled list only twice in his career: In 2013, he missed 31 games with left-knee bursitis, and in 2014, he missed 57 games after having surgery on his left thumb. On the other side, the Nationals have won four of their last five games, are 4-1 in their last five home games, and are 15-6 in their last 21 games versus National League West opponents.

There was no malice. He struggled a little early, throwing 23 pitches (only 12 strikes) in the first inning. "You wait around three hours and you come out and everyone wants to play".

It's tough for both teams and both teams played a good game.

The Nationals are seeking to avenge their NLDS loss to the Dodgers past year in a series that went to a decisive fifth game, and a one-run loss when Clayton Kershaw came out of the bullpen to record the final two outs.

Manager Dusty Baker spoke this week about the importance of new players fitting well into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse in the middle of the season.

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Washington Nationals' Brian Goodwin, right, steals second against San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, left, during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Washington. Yet the Nationals did not see an October inadequacy when they picked him to take them to the next level.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, "I don't know what happened really".

Along with being rivals, Baker and Bochy are friends. This season, with the Giants off in a ditch, Baker is set to pass him once more.

The latest freaky weather situation comes at Nationals Park, which famously had a three-hour, no-rain rain delay against the Atlanta Braves on July 6. The times for Sunday's day-night double-header are 10:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.

A World Series contender might have suffered a serious blow Saturday night.

Should Strickland and Harper face off this weekend, it's unlikely that any fireworks would take place. His second, he filled in for Matt Cain.

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