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Nationals Game Notes: August 23 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-51) at Baltimore Orioles (68-56)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [2-1, 4.37] | RHP Kevin Gausman [4-10, 4.11]
Tuesday, August 23 l Game #125 / Road #66 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EDGED OUT
The Nationals opened their four-game home-and-home series with a 4-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday night, edged in the one-run game by the O’s despite a strong outing from spot starter RHP A.J. Cole, as well as home runs from 3B Anthony Rendon and SS Danny Espinosa…Washington is just over halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-5 with BAL (3 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-51 (.589), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (79-45, .637)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+212).
  • The Nationals have lost back-to-back games for just the 14th time all season…Washington has only lost three or more consecutive games four times all year, and not since June 25.

INFIELD POP
The Nationals’ offense on Monday night was provided almost exclusively by their infield with 2B Daniel Murphy’s RBI-single driving in CF Trea Turner with the game’s first run, and then 3B Anthony Rendon and SS Danny Espinosa providing the power with solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings, respectively…For Rendon, it was his 16th home run of the season, and for Espinosa his 19th.

  • The Nationals’ infielders (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) have combined to club 79 home runs this season, the third-most among all infield groups in the National League (eighth-most in the Major Leagues)…With Murphy and Espinosa primarily up the middle, the Nationals’ pivot players lead the Major Leagues with 40 combined home runs.
  • The home run, part of a 1-for-3 evening for Rendon that included a walk, pushed his average to .333 (38-for-114) with 12 doubles, seven homers, 25 RBI, 12 walks, three stolen bases, 21 runs scored, and just 16 strikeouts in 130 plate appearances since July 16…Rendon leads all NL 3B in doubles (30), ahead of CHI’s Kris Bryant (29).

HELLO, MR. HARPER
Nationals RF Bryce Harper has driven in runs in seven of his last nine games and reached base in all nine (.500 OBP).

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-33 (.364) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, nine walks, eight runs scored and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for fifth in the National League in this stretch, behind only Kris Bryant & Ryan Braun (12), Joey Votto (13), and Adrian Gonzalez (15).

RETURN OF THE Z-MAN
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a double on Monday, Zimmerman is now 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.
  • In 23 career games, Zimmerman is a .307 hitter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, (27-for-88) with five doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 14 RBI to go with nine walks and just 10 strikeouts in 97 plate appearances.

Nationals Game Notes: August 22 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-50) at Baltimore Orioles (67-56)
RHP A.J. Cole [0-0, -.–] | RHP Dylan Bundy [6-4, 3.66]
Monday, August 22 l Game #124 / Road #65 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HALFWAY HOME
As the Nationals’ current three-city road trip reaches its final leg, opening a two-game set in Baltimore on Monday night, Washington is halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-4 with BAL (4 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-50 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-45, .634)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +145 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals are 4-3 on their current nine-game trip, with an average game time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and a total of 4 hours, 25 minutes in rain delays.

HELLO, MR. HARPER
Going 2-for-5 with three RBI on Sunday afternoon and clubbing his 22nd home run of the season (a three-run shot in the third inning), Nationals RF Bryce Harper drove in at least one run for the seventh time in his last eight games.

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, eight walks, and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for the most in the National League in this stretch, and are tied for the second-most in the Major Leagues, behind only BOS OF Mookie Betts’ 13.

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
The Nationals’ bench continued its strong season on Sunday with Nationals OF Chris Heisey getting the start in left field and posting two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth…That came on the heels of two strong games (Thursday & Friday) from 1B Clint Robinson, who went 3-for-7 with two RBI, three walks and three runs scored, including the game-winning RBI on Friday night.

  • The Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and second in the NL in slugging percentage (.536)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
  • Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
  • Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.

WELCOME BACK, ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a walk on Sunday afternoon, Zimmerman is now 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.

Nationals Game Notes: August 21 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (73-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-79)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.28] | RHP Joel De La Cruz [0-6, 3.72]
Sunday, August 21 l Game #123 / Road #64 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BROOM POTENTIAL
The Nationals will look to finish off a four-game sweep of the Braves on Sunday afternoon, going for their ninth sweep of the 2016 season and potentially their fifth road sweep…Washington won the series with an 11-9 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night, picking up their 11th road series win of the year (21st overall)…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 11-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 25-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 183-101.

  • At 73-49 (.598), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-44, .639)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the National League…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +146 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+215).
  • After today’s series finale in Atlanta, the Nationals will travel to Baltimore to open the home-and-home Beltway Series with the Orioles with two games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, before returning home to finish it with two games at Nationals Park.

KEEP THE LINE MOVING
The Nationals’ 11-9 win on Saturday was due, in large part, to a record-setting fourth inning…The frame featured eight runs off nine hits (seven singles, two home runs), one walk, one stolen base, and 12 plate appearances, busting open what had been a 3-1 Braves lead.

  • Nine hits in a single inning set a new Nationals record (2005-present), and were the most in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) since Montreal tallied 13 hits in the top of the sixth inning at San Francisco, May 7, 1997.
  • A solo home run by 2B Daniel Murphy kicked off the inning, followed by a RF Bryce Harper walk and a fly out by C Wilson Ramos…Then came eight consecutive hits (seven singles and a three-run home run by CF Trea Turner)…The eight straight hits were also a Nationals record and, via the Elias Sports Bureau, matched 5/7/97 at SFG as the only times in franchise history the team hit safely in eight straight plate appearances.
  • The eight runs were a new single-inning season high for the Nationals, as were the 12 plate appearances.

WELCOME BACK, ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).

SNEAKY POP
Better known for his exceptional speed, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner hit his fourth home run of the season on Saturday (in 33 MLB games), the biggest swing in that eight-run fourth…It was Turner’s first career HR with runners on base and his third (of 5 career HR) vs. ATL.

  • Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span.
  • Turner’s 13 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last 10 games, Turner is 18-for-47 (.383) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RBI, five stolen bases and 14 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).

Nationals Game Notes: August 16 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-63)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.24] | RHP Chad Bettis [10-6, 5.27]
Tuesday, August 16 l Game #118 / Road #59 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEET SEVENTY
The Nationals opened this three-city, nine-game road trip on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field…The win was Washington’s 70th of the season, joining the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113.

  • At 70-47 (.598), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 156), runs scored (4th, 556), and walks (4th, 405)…Washington’s 883 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MOVE OVER, ZIM
With a walk in his first at-bat on Monday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 43 games, forging his way into Nationals history…Werth now joins 1B Ryan Zimmerman as co-owners of the longest on-base streaks in Nationals history (2005-present) as Zimmerman reached base in 43 consecutive games from 4/8-5/25/09.

  • Werth is now chasing Tim Raines (44) and Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…However, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 40 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last nine games on Monday night and is hitting .314 with a .714 slugging percentage in that stretch.

SEE TREA STEAL
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season on Monday night, his 28th Major League game this season…Trea’s 12 stolen bases already rank fourth-most among all rookies, and all those ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last five games, Turner is 10-for-24 (.416) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored.

  • Turner is hitting .333 (28-for-84) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in his last 19 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

BUFFALO ON THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in nine of his last 10 and 23 of his last 28 games played, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 21.

  • Ramos extended his new career high for HR in a season with a solo shot on Monday night, tying the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning…Ramos’ 19 home runs are the seventh-most by a catcher in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with only Gary Carter (who hit 20+ six times) ahead of him.
  • Ramos ranks fourth among Major League hitters (3rd in NL) in batting average (.331) and ninth in the National League in average with runners in scoring position (.347).
  • In addition to batting average, Ramos leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.379), SLG (.546) and RBI (66), and he is tied for first (with TEX’s Jonathan Lucroy) in home runs with 19.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

HE’S BAAAACK
Nationals RF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI on Monday, his fourth three-hit game of the season and the second time this season he’s reached base five times…Harper drove in the game-winning run on Monday, his 10th GW RBI this season.

  • Since returning to the lineup on Sunday after missing five games due to injury, Harper is 4-for-6 (.667) with three doubles, three walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Harper is tied (with CIN’s Joey Votto) for the MLB lead in walks with 85.

Anthony Rendon to be featured on MLB Network’s ‘Play Ball’ series, with a special appearance by Bryce Harper

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Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will be a featured guest on ‘Play Ball’ tomorrow morning. The episode, which features an interview with Anthony, as well as a wiffle ball game with scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, will air Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network.

‘Play Ball’ is hosted by Harold Reynolds and features baseball demonstrations, discussions and advice for young athletes from some of the league’s top players. Anthony’s teammate OF Bryce Harper was the featured athlete on the show last week. During his episode, Bryce discussed what he likes to do in the offseason, Daniel Murphy’s “FWAHHHH” celebration and other ways kids can try to make baseball fun again.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network to see Anthony at the Youth Baseball Academy, this time with a special appearance by Bryce!

In the meantime, enjoy the following clip of Anthony and Harold Reynolds from tomorrow’s show below.

Bryce Harper to be featured on MLB Network’s ‘Play Ball’ series, with a special appearance by Anthony Rendon

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MLB Network’s newest series, ‘Play Ball,’ will feature Bryce Harper with a special appearance by Anthony Rendon in tomorrow’s episode. Scheduled to air at 10:00 a.m., the episode will highlight Bryce and Anthony’s interactions with the scholar athletes during a recent visit to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

‘Play Ball,’ is hosted by Harold Reynolds and features baseball demonstrations, discussions and advice for young athletes from some of the league’s top players. Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network, and again next Saturday, when Anthony will be featured on the show, with a special appearance by Bryce!

In the meantime, enjoy a few preview clips of Bryce from tomorrow’s show below.

 

Nationals Game Notes: July 21 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers (53-43) vs. Washington Nationals (57-38)
LHP Julio Urias [1-2, 4.95] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [13-0, 2.51]
Thursday, July 21 l Game #96 / Home #48 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 12:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals rode four home runs, two doubles, a triple and a steal of home to an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday night…The victory was Washington’s 30th home win of the 2016 season…The 2015 Nationals did not notch their 30th home win until Aug. 6, 2015, their 51st home game…RF Bryce Harper, CF Ben Revere, LF Jayson Werth and 3B Anthony Rendon all went deep in the victory, the 10th straight game with a home run for the Nationals.

  • Washington is an MLB-best 14-6 in its last 20 games, dating to June 26 when the Nationals snapped their season-long seven-game losing at Milwaukee…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 107-59.
  • The Nationals’ 57-38 (.600) record is tied with San Francisco for the second-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .602).

BACK-TO-BACK BONANZA
CF Ben Revere and LF Jayson Werth hit their home runs in succession in the fifth inning on Wednesday night, the 12th set of back-to-back home runs the Nationals have hit this season.

  • The 12 back-to-back home runs are already a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for back-to-back jacks in a season (as well as a club record, 2005-pres.)
  • On the season, the Nationals’ 12 back-to-back home runs lead the Major Leagues, two ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in second place with 10…WSH leads the National League with 132 home runs overall this season.

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s home run in the fifth inning on Wednesday extended his current on-base streak to 24 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…During this stretch, Werth has collected 19 hits and 23 walks.

BIG POP
Nationals RF Bryce Harper clubbed his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday night, and he certainly wasn’t cheated: The blast traveled 451 feet, according to StatCast, making it the longest he’s hit this season…The ball landed in Section 236, in the third deck in right field at Nationals Park…It was the third time Harper has hit a home run to the third deck in his home yard.

  • Harper has now reached the 20-homer mark for the fourth time in his five Major League seasons…According to Baseball Reference, Harper is just the 12th player in Major League history to post four 20 (or more) home run seasons before his 24th birthday.

HOME? CONSIDER IT STOLEN
With one out in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, Nationals 2B Trea Turner stood on third base (after an RBI-triple) and SS Danny Espinosa waited at first base (after a HBP)…With PH Clint Robinson at the dish, Turner and Espinosa executed a double steal and Turner swiped home plate for the third successful steal of home in Nationals history (2005-present).

  • Turner now has two triples in the past two games, reaching 22.4 and 22.7 mph max speed on his triples (per StatCast data), joining CF Ben Revere (22.5 mph) as the fastest max speed on a triple in the Major Leagues this season.
  • Turner’s steal of home puts him into the Nationals’ record books alongside former SS Ian Desmond, who executed the first in Nationals history on April 20, 2011 vs. STL (also part of a double steal), and RF Bryce Harper, who stole home outright on May 6, 2012 vs. PHI.

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.