Harper in­jured af­ter fake tag, benches clear in Nats’ win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

PITTSBURGH » Na­tion­als star Bryce Harper in­jured his left thumb mak­ing an awk­ward slide to avoid a pre­tend tag by Pittsburgh third base­man Jung Ho Kang, and the teams later cleared the benches Sun­day in Wash­ing­ton’s 10-7 win.

Harper’s thumb was sore and the reign­ing NL MVP will have X-rays Mon­day.

Harper led off the third in­ning with a triple for the NL East cham­pi­ons. As Harper neared third, Kang acted as if a throw was com­ing and faked a tag.

Harper went down, was checked by a trainer and stayed in. He scored on An­thony Ren­don’s dou­ble and was re­placed in the field in the bottom half.

The next time Kang came up, Na­tion­als starter A.J. Cole threw a fast­ball be­hind him and was im­me­di­ately ejected by plate um­pire Jor­dan Baker.

The benches cleared, with Wash­ing­ton’s Jayson Werth in the mid­dle of the skir­mish. Pi­rates out­fielder Sean Ro­driguez was ejected.

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