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VIDEO: Bryce Harper spends the day with local softball player on ESPN’s “My Wish”

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Last night, ESPN’s “My Wish” featured OF Bryce Harper and Kaylan, a 16-year-old softball player from Gaithersburg, Md. Kaylan, who has battled a kidney condition since she was born, spent the day with Bryce earlier in July, fulfilling her wish. The full video, part of the 10th-anniversary season of the “My Wish” series, can be seen here.

TONIGHT: ESPN’s “My Wish” series to feature OF Bryce Harper & local softball player

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Earlier this month, Kaylan, a 16-year-old softball player from Gaithersburg, Md., spent the day with OF Bryce Harper at Nationals Park, as Bryce fulfilled Kaylan’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their day together will be featured on ESPN’s “My Wish” series, and will air for the first time tonight, July 19, during the 6 p.m. episode of SportsCenter.

Kaylan first found out that her wish to meet Bryce would be granted at the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Evening of Wishes gala through a personalized video Bryce had filmed to surprise her.

Kaylan and Bryce’s day together included shopping at Under Armour, a VIP tour of Nationals Park, batting practice with the Nationals and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. MLB.com’s Jamal Collier had the opportunity to interview Kaylan, who has battled a kidney condition since she was born, while she was spending the day at the ballpark. His story can be found here.

“Make-A-Wish is grateful for Bryce Harper who provided Kaylan and her family with an experience they will always cherish,” said Laura Caldwell, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. “When times are difficult, we hope Kaylan and her family will remember the wish experience and feel a renewed sense of hope and optimism.”

Kaylan’s wish is part of the 10th-anniversary season of the “My Wish” series. Other featured athletes include J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and players from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

Tune into SportsCenter tonight at 6 p.m. to watch the footage of Bryce and Kaylan’s very special day together! If you don’t get a chance to watch, we will be posting the video on Curly W Live after it airs tonight. Be sure to check it out!

Today in Nationals’ History: Bryce Harper finishes second in 2013 HR Derby

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July 15, 2013 – During MLB’s All-Star festivities at Citi Field in New York, NY, with his dad pitching to him, OF Bryce Harper finished second to Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes in the Home Run Derby. Selected to represent the National League by New York’s David Wright, Harper had 24 total home runs, hitting eight in each of the event’s three rounds. Cespedes finished with 32 total home runs, nine of which came in the final round.

Spotlight on San Diego: A closer look at the Nationals’ 2016 All-Stars

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Last week, five Washington Nationals players were named 2016 Major League All-Stars, with OF Bryce Harper, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Max Scherzer and RHP Stephen Strasburg all awarded the annual mid-season honor.

This is the first time in Nationals history (2005-present) that the club will send five representatives to the Midsummer Classic. Washington previously had four All-Star players in 2012. The Nationals’ five honorees are second-most in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs, who will send seven players to San Diego.

In anticipation of tonight’s game, we thought it would be fitting to take a look at our All-Stars and some of the amazing stats they’ve put up through the season’s first “half.”

OF Bryce Harper – Harper will start in the National League outfield for the third time in his career. The 23-year-old earned his fourth career All-Star selection by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes, the highest vote total among all NL outfielders. The 2015 National League MVP, Harper currently leads the Major Leagues in walks (70) and intentional walks (16). He ranks fifth in the National League in on-base percentage (.400), while his 19 home runs are tied for fifth among all NL outfielders, and his OBP leads that group. Harper joins Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the All-Star Game.

2B Daniel Murphy – For Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this past offseason, this is the second All-Star selection of his career (also 2014). The Nationals’ second baseman leads the National League in batting average (.348), hits (117), and multi-hit games (38). The 31-year-old, a players’ selection to the NL squad, also leads all NL second basemen in doubles (25), home runs (17), RBI (66), and slugging (.598).

C Wilson Ramos – This is the first All-Star nod for Ramos, who currently leads all qualified Major League catchers in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.382), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.536). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, after hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to increase his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 plate appearances in 2016 / 500 plate appearances in 2015). Ramos was elected via player vote.

RHP Max Scherzer – Scherzer is an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. The 31-year-old leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (164), ranks second in the National League in strikeouts-per-nine-innings (11.56) and is tied for the second-best WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in the NL (0.96). Scherzer earned his 10th win of the season on Saturday night, tossing 7.0 innings of three-hit ball. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth consecutive season in which Scherzer has won at least 10 games before the All-Star break. Only two other pitchers reached double digits in wins prior to the break in each of four consecutive seasons over the last 20 seasons: RHP Greg Maddux (1997-2001) and RHP Roy Halladay (2005-11). Scherzer was selected to replace teammate Stephen Strasburg on the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.

RHP Stephen Strasburg – For Strasburg, the only remaining qualified starting pitcher in MLB not to suffer a losing decision, the All-Star nod is the second of his career (also 2012). At 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA, Strasburg is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0 in 1969), PIT reliever RHP Roy Face (12-0 in 1959) and CIN reliever RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0 in 1956). On Friday, he extended his personal winning streak to 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015). He was selected to the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.

Good luck to all the Nationals representatives tonight in the 2016 Major League All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego!

Nationals Game Notes: July 7 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (51-35) at New York Mets (46-38)
RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 0.00] | RHP Bartolo Colon [7-4, 2.87]
Thursday, July 7 l Game #87 / Road #45 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FOUR MORE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals’ conclude the season’s first “half” this weekend at Citi Field where they will play a four-game set against the New York Mets…Following these four, Washington, like the rest of baseball, will embark on the All-Star break from Monday-Thursday…The Nationals will open the second “half” with a nine-game homestand where they will welcome Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego to Nationals Park.

  • At 51-35 (.593), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (54-33, .621) and the Chicago Cubs (52-32, .619).
  • The Nationals run differential sits at +99, second-best in MLB behind the Cubs (+149).

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Washington’s starter tonight, RHP Lucas Giolito, was born on July 14, 1994…RHP Bartolo Colon, who starts for New York, was in his first professional season in 1994, playing for the Burlington Indians of the rookie-level Appalachian League.

  • According to researchers Cory Schwartz and Bryan Evans of MLB, Colon made a start for Burlington on July 13, 1994, the day before Giolito was born.

POWER HOUR
Washington went 7-3 on its most recent homestand, clubbing 36 extra-base hits (18 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs) as well as a .475 team slugging percentage along the way.

  • The Nationals avoided the sweep on Wednesday topping the Brewers 7-4 behind home runs by RF Bryce Harper (3-R), C Jose Lobaton (solo) and 1B Ryan Zimmerman (2-R).

SUMMER HEAT
Since June 1, Washington ranks among all National League squads in OPS (1st, .800), onbase percentage (1st, .341) , runs scored (2nd, 177), slugging percentage (2nd, .459), HR (2nd, 48), walks (2nd, 116), doubles (T2nd, 62), and batting average (4th, .270).

  • Since June 1, SS Danny Epinosa is third in the NL with a .718 slugging percentage…He paces the Nationals and ranks tied for second in the NL with 12 HR, while his 29 RBI are a team-high, and rank tied for fourth in the NL.
  • LF Jayson Werth leads Nationals hitters and ranks fifth in the National League with a .432 on-base percentage since June 1…His 25 walks since June 1 are third-most in the NL.

Expert Advice: How to care for your Bryce Harper Chia Pet

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After 20,000 lucky fans received Bryce Harper Chia Pets at last night’s game, we thought a few “best Bryce Harper Chia Pet practices” would be useful for everyone to have.

So, we turned to our in-house grounds crew expert, John Turnour. John is the director of field operations for the Nationals, and is responsible for maintaining the pristine field at Nationals Park. Since John has been in the business for years, we knew he could provide us with some valuable advice to help our Bryce Harper Chia Pets flourish.

Here are John’s tips for growing your Bryce Harper Chia Pet:

  • Be sure to evenly distribute the chia seeds in the desired areas. Upon distributing them, immediately spray or mist the Bryce Harper Chia Pet with water for best results.
  • Allow for maximum sunlight whenever possible. If possible, place the Bryce Harper Chia Pet near a window or outside on a patio or table during daylight hours.
  • Keep the chia seeds moist throughout the day. Once your Bryce Harper Chia Pet starts to fill in with grass, you can cut back on the watering needs. A simple water bottle that sprays out a mist is ideal for keeping the seeds moist.
  • When you feel it’s time to trim your Bryce Harper Chia Pet, a pair of small scissors is the best tool to use.

Happy growing!

Nationals Game Notes: July 6 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (37-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-35)
RHP Matt Garza [1-1, 3.74] | RHP Tanner Roark [7-5, 2.93]
Wednesday, July 6 l Game #86 / Home #42 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals’ conclude their longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate this afternoon…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.

  • At 50-34 (.588), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (52-31, .627) and the San Francisco Giants (53-33, .616).

ALL-STARS AMONG US
Major League Baseball announced the 2016 All-Star teams Tuesday evening and the Washington Nationals will have four representitves in San Diego next week.

  • RF Bryce Harper will start in the National League outfield for the third time in his career, his fourth career All-Star selection by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes, the highest vote total among all NL outfielders…Harper joins Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the All-Star Game.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy will appear in his second All-Star Game (also 2014)…Murphy leads all NL second basemen in doubles (23), RBI (56), and slugging percentage (.581), while his 14 home runs rank second…He is a players’ selection to the NL squad.
  • This is the first All-Star nod for C Wilson Ramos, who currently leads all qualified Major League catchers in batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.390), slugging percentage (.554), RBI (46), home runs (T1st, 13), and fewest strikeouts (35).
  • RHP Stephen Strasburg, a San Diego native, earned the second All-Star nod of his career (also 2012)…He is 11-0 with a 2.71 ERA through 15 starts this season.

Nationals Game Notes: July 5 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (36-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-34)
RHP Zach Davies [5-4 4.22] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [4-7, 4.81]
Tuesday, July 5 l Game #85 / Home #41 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.

  • At 50-34 (.595), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday… Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (52-30, .634) and the San Francisco Giants (53-32, .624).

WELL DESERVED HONOR
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa was named National League Player of the Week on Tuesday after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI, one hit by pitch, four walks and eight runs scored…It was his first Player of the Week Award and the second by a National this season (RF Bryce Harper – April 17)…Espinosa capped his week with one of the more historic series in Major League history, June 30-July 3 vs. CIN.

  • Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).
  • Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
  • With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.

Nationals Game Notes: July 4 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (35-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-33)
RHP Junior Guerra [5-1 3.25] | RHP Max Scherzer [9-5, 3.30]
Monday, July 4 l Game #84 / Home #40 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 11:05 A.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

A CAPITOL FOURTH
The Washington Nationals will ring in the Fourth of July with their annual 11:05 a.m. game on Monday, welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to D.C. to celebrate the holiday with the opener of a three-game set…Washington is 7-4 when playing on July 4, and 7-3 when playing in the nation’s capital on this day.

  • The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.
  • At 50-33 (.602), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 thrashing of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday…Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (51-30, .630) and the San Francisco Giants (52-32, .619).

A SERIES FOR THE AGES
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 17th and 18th home runs of the season on Sunday afternoon, including his second grand slam in four days, and drove in six runs…Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).

  • Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
  • With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.
  • Espinosa now leads the Nationals in home runs with 18, 12 of which have been hit since June 1…Only one shortstop in the Major Leagues has hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19)…On this homestand, Espinosa is 11-for-26 (.423), 5 HR, 2 2B, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 8 R.

STRAS RETURNS, STAYS STREAKING
RHP Stephen Strasburg returned to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain and picked up right where left off, extending his personal winning streak to 14 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 14-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and trails only RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31), and RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • Strasburg is the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to Elias, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 11-0 since SDP RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985…LHP Hooks Wiltse and RHP Joe McGinnity began a season 12-0 in the NL (1904)…LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0 for the New York Giants.

HOMERS ON PARADE
The Nationals clubbed a season-high six home runs on Sunday, matching a Nationals record (2005-present) for longballs in a game (last: Aug. 29, 2014 at SEA)…SS Danny Espinosa (2), C Wilson Ramos, RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and 2B Stephen Drew all homered in the contest.

  • Rendon and Espinosa slugged back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the 10th time the Nationals have hit back-to-back jacks this season…The 2016 Nationals are the first team in club history to hit 10 sets of back-to-back home runs, and they join only the 1999 Expos in franchise history (also 10).

Nationals Game Notes: June 28 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-35) vs. Washington Nationals (45-32)
RHP Matt Harvey [4-9, 4.64] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, June 28 l Game #78 / Home #34 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME COOKIN’
The Nationals opened their longest homestand of the season thus far with a rousing 11-4 comeback victory over the New York Mets on Monday evening…The 11 unanswered runs started with a five-run fifth inning, and scoring in each inning, three through six…The output featured hits from every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup, including RHP Joe RossCF Ben Revere (4-for-5), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-3), 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-5), 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4) and SS Danny Espinosa (3-for-5) all posted multi-hit efforts in the win.

  • The Nationals stole six bases on the Mets on Monday, matching a team record (2005-present) for stolen bags in a single game (also: July 8, 2012 vs. COL)…The six stolen also tied for the most in a Major League game this season, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, who stole six off the Rockies on June 24.
  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Tuesday night with the second of three contests vs. NYN…Washington will welcome the Cincinnati Reds this weekend and the Milwaukee Brewers early next week…With 77 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 18 of its next 22 games at home.
  • At 45-32 (.584), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-29, .628) and the Chicago Cubs (49-26, .653).

TAKE A BOW, MR. REVERE
Nationals CF Ben Revere put together a game unlike any other in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) on Monday night when he went 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and three runs scored…Matching career highs in each of those categories, Revere joins Ron LeFlore (Montreal) as the only players in franchise history with at least three hits, at least three runs, and at least three stolen bases in a single game (LeFlore: June 6, 1980 & July 17, 1980).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in MLB has stolen three bases and scored three runs in the same game this season.
  • Revere is hitting .314 since June 5 (22-for-70) with one double, six RBI, four walks, eight stolen bases and 12 runs scored.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW, KID
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito on Tuesday and the top-ranked right-handed pitching prospect will make his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the New York Mets… The promising 21-year-old, currently ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com, entered the season as the No. 5 prospect in MLB per Baseball America…A hard-throwing right-hander who possesses an advanced fastball/curveball/changeup repertoire, Giolito joined the Major League roster after working to a 24-13 record and a 2.74 ERA in 67 Minor League games (65 starts)…A first-round selection (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, Giolito has been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in Washington’s chain since he joined the organization that July.

  • When he makes his MLB debut, Giolito will become the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.
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