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Nats GM Mike Rizzo has old-school take on brawl between Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland

Nats GM Mike Rizzo has old-school take on brawl between Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland

In case you missed it, Bryce Harper was handed a four-game suspension Tuesday after charging the mound at Hunter Strickland. Strickland struck Harper with a 98 MPH fastball during their game on Monday causing a bench-clearing brawl between the Giants and the Nats.

Nats general manager Mike Rizzo joined the Junkies and stood by his right fielder's actions. When asked if he expected retaliation by Strickland from something that happened three years ago;

It was not on my radar. I didn't think it was a possibility but when he got drilled, it was easy to comprehend what was going on. The guys react like they react. 

Rizzo went on to say that the players have done a good job of handling situations like this on their own. 

This game is played with emotion. Like you said, they're grown men. They're very, very competitive. What I always say about these types of things is the players police themselves and they've done a good job of it for years, they'll continue to do a good job of it. You have to expect players to act in accordance to a situation.

The GM feels that although brawls like this have emotional drive behind them, they will cause more harm than good with the risk of potential injury. 

There's not a lot of things that can go right in those fights. A lot of things can go wrong.

Rizzo took no issue with Harper's actions but feels that Strickland holding a grudge against a player for their performance a few years ago does no good for his team. 

If Strickland had that big of a problem with him, there's hallways and runways by the clubhouse that you can have a little conversation in between games, before games if you want to instead of taking it to the mound and drilling a guy.

Rizzo hopes that the teams got it out of their system and will be able to move on from here. Harper has appealed his four-game suspension and Strickland has appealed his six-game suspension. 


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Harper gets ejected before Nationals offense explodes in win over Brewers

Harper gets ejected before Nationals offense explodes in win over Brewers

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind each had two-run doubles in a seven-run eighth inning to help the Washington Nationals rally past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Wednesday night.

Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning with runners on the corners. Harper's single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games.

Tied 2-2, Zimmerman immediately picked up his fellow All-Star by lacing a liner into the right field corner. All-Star Daniel Murphy's homer pulled Washington within 2-1 in the seventh.

Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 and allowed one run and four hits in seven innings plus a batter. Jacob Barnes (3-2) entered with a 2-1 lead and surrendered two runs and two hits while recording only one out.

Ryan Madson (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win.

Nelson exited after walking Matt Wieters leading off the eighth. Brian Goodwin's double off Barnes put two runners in scoring position with one out. After Wilmer Difo's single through the right side of the infield drove in the tying run, Harper faced reliever Josh Hader. Two pitches after visibly disliking a called strike, Harper struck out swinging. He slammed his bat to the ground and went nose-to-nose with Segal for his second ejection of the season.

Washington had six hits including four doubles in the eighth. Pedro Severino's RBI double put Washington up 8-2.

Murphy's homer ended a stretch of 17 1/3 scoreless innings for Washington.

Gio Gonzalez surrendered two runs on five hits and had eight strikeouts for Washington.

Santana's first inning blast, estimated at 476 feet, landed on the concourse beyond the left field stands.

Harper finished 1 of 4 and is batting .416 (30 for 72) during his streak. The All-Star also reached base safely in his 26th consecutive game, matching his career-best.

Milwaukee recalled Lewis Brinson from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was hitting .345 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs. He hit .097 in 31 at-bats last month with the Brewers in his only previous major league action. He homered on Wednesday night for his first in the majors.


Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83 ERA) was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Sunday with a lower right leg strain. Garza said he was optimistic he would miss only one start.

Nationals: Manager Dusty Baker did not have an update on whether RHP Stephen Strasburg would make his next scheduled start, but said the Nationals were taking a big picture approach. Strasburg left Sunday's appearance after two innings with forearm pain that doctors later diagnosed as a nerve impingement. Washington entered Wednesday with an 11 game lead in the NL East. . The Nationals reinstated OF Ryan Raburn from the bereavement list and promptly placed him on the 10day DL retroactive to July 23 with a left trapezius strain.


Brewers: RHP Michael Blazek (0-0, 0.00) takes Garza's place in the rotation for the 12:05 p.m. first pitch. It is Blazek's first career start after 108 relief appearances since 2013.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (11-5, 2,26) allowed five runs and three home runs in his previous start at Arizona on July 21.

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Logo for 2018 MLB All Star Game in D.C. revealed

Logo for 2018 MLB All Star Game in D.C. revealed

The Washington Nationals will host the 2018 MLB All Star Game next July.

On Wednesday, the team officially released the logo for the event.

This will mark the fifth time the All-Star Game has been held in D.C., with the last one dating back to 1969 at RFK Stadium. 


The logo clearly incorporates the Washington Capitol surrounded by a patriotic red, white and blue theme. 

One of the biggest things to look forward to is Bryce Harper participating in the Home Run Derby.

Harper has avoided participating in the competition in recent years but has committed to playing when the event is in D.C.