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29-19, 1st in NL East

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's been a breezy 3 days in Houston for the Orioles. They whiffed 52 times! The word from the Elias Sports Bureau: That's the most ever in a 3-game series. The record they broke was a month old - 47, by the Nationals against the Twins.

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Harper, Espinosa home runs power Nationals (1:11)
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Espinosa puts Nats in front for good with big home run (0:23)
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Harper crushes baseball into third deck (0:40)
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Harper hits an upper-decker

Bryce Harper's sixth-inning home run off Mike Leake traveled 437 feet, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker. It was the reigning NL MVP's longest HR this season.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper's first homer in almost two weeks helped Dusty Baker become the 17th manager with 1700 career wins, as the Nats beat the Cards 2-1 in the opener of a four-game set. The W extends Washington's NL East over the idle Mets to one game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Apparently that mental health day did the trick. Bryce Harper just crushed one off the facing of the third deck at Nats Park. His first bomb since May 13th ties it up at 1-1.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper got yesterday off because he was stone cold. Daniel Murphy gets today off because he's red hot. "He's been on base an awful lot," said Nationals manager Dusty Baker of Murphy, whose.394 average is the best in baseball. "We have to watch it to keep his legs strong because he's always in a squat."

Lineup: Nationals (28-19) vs. Cardinals (24-23)

  • 1. Ben Revere, CF (L)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 5. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 6. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  • 7. Stephen Drew, 2B (L)
  • 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 9. Joe Ross, RHP (R)
  • Daily notes

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Even though his Nationals are in first place with a 28-19 record, Dusty Baker's still sick over getting swept by the Cubs in early May: "If we had just split those guys, we'd be at 30 victories already. So that's still eatin' at my stomach."

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Nationals a match for Aroldis Chapman?

If the Yankees decide not to go for it this season, Chapman would become a top name on the market and net them a huge return if he's dealt. Jim Bowden sees the Nats as a logical trade partner. Top trade candidates, best fits (Insider)

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Five things we learned Wednesday: Where's Bryce?

Why is Bryce Harper getting a mental day off when the Nationals are facing the Mets? We question Dusty Baker in our look at Wednesday's action.

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Matz holds Nats scoreless in longest career outing (1:08)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

With Bryce Harper getting the day off, the Nats lost their rubber match against the Mets, 2-0. The two division rivals have now split six games this season, with each team winning a series on the road. Washington now leads New York by a half-game in the NL East.

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Wright cranks solo shot (0:20)
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Nationals a suitor for Andrew Miller?

If the Yankees decide to trade the dominant left-handed reliever this summer, Buster Olney expects the Nationals to be interested if they decide to beef up their bullpen again leading up to the playoffs. Potential landing spots for Miller (Insider)

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Nats' Harper given 'mental day off,' doesn't start

Bryce Harper, batting a season-low .246 entering Wednesday, was out of starting lineup but later appeared as a pinch hitter, grounding out in the Nats' 2-0 loss to the Mets.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker on the Matt Harvey situation: "It's his prerogative to do what he wants to do. If he don't wanna talk, he doesn't have to talk. But he's making it harder on himself. New York'll eat you up."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Dusty Baker said that sitting Bryce Harper against Mets southpaw Steven Matz isn't about the lefty-lefty matchup. "It's more of a mental day off...this is probably the worst period that Bryce has gone through." Over the past month, Harper is hitting .184 with 25 strikeouts in 76 at-bats.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs19913th
Batting Average.24318th
On Base Percentage.32312th
Slugging Percentage.40217th
Earned Run Average2.862nd
Quality Starts32Tied-1st
WHIP1.133rd
BAA.2253rd

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