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Sox and Dawgs:
The Washington Nationals and their two young prized possessions, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, took center stage on Friday night at Fenway Park. It was Strasburg who kept the Boston Red Sox hitters at bay while Harper was busy mashing the ball offensively in a 7-4 win for the visitor's from our Nation's capital.
In years past, the Nationals have been a pushover. Not this year folks.
With their win over the local nine on Friday night, they now stand at 33-23 and lead the NL East by a game over the Atlanta Braves. On the contrary, the Red Sox fall to back to .500 at 29-29 but are just four games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
If you've never seen Strasburg's stuff, let's just say he's filthy good. He throws his fastball between 96-100 MPH and has a nasty changeup to go along with a great curveball.
After the Red Sox touched him up for two runs in the 2nd inning, he settled down and retired the next 11 batters he faced, eight via the str...
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"He does the little things. He’s good for the sport." (Dustin Pedrioa, via Boston Globe, 6/9/2012)
Little things...and the big things, too. Big things like in the video below of Bryce Harper's 420+ foot home run at Fenway Park last night. The kid put on quite the show: 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI.
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Boston got its first look at Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on Friday, and it is safe to assume the New England faithful went home pretty impressed. Strasburg struck out 13 hitters and Harper slammed a 420-foot home run in the Nationals' 7-4 victory over Boston to open the series. Nationals manager Davey Johnson even admitted it was an amazing sight. "It was fun...
Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings, Bryce Harper homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night for the franchise's first victory at Fenway Park.
Harper hit a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth as the club improved to 1-9 at Boston's iconic home. The Montreal Expos dropped all six of their games there before...
If you're the Washington Nationals and you've already been widely embarrassed by having your team play a real professional baseball game with the team's name MISSPELLED on the uniform, one would think they would take steps to ensure something like that never happens again. It would also probably behoove the Nationals to make sure that when selling the uniform of the team...
BOSTON –– And then, there was Bryce Harper. Lost in the shuffle of Stephen Strasburg's extraordinary outing was the performance of the Nationals' 19-year-old phenom. Upon stepping into the batter's box on Friday, the first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft was welcomed to a few boos. But Harper delivered the knockout punches in the 7-4 victory over the Red Sox, going...
Raise your hand if you reached for the panic button when Bryce Harper dropped to his knees after diving for (and missing) what turned into a triple by David Wright in the 9th inning on Thursday afternoon. Harper stayed in the game: exhale.
And then Davey Johnson revealed after the game that Harper has been dealing with back pain, and could be out of the lineup against the Red...
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Thank you, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
It’s rare enough to walk into a ballpark one afternoon in any month of a long baseball season and be genuinely amped about...
On Friday night, most of the Boston Red Sox will get their first up-close look at Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Cody Ross predicts they will be impressed. Ross, sidelined for the past few weeks while recovering from a fracture in his left foot, faced Strasburg in on July 9, 2010, as a member of the San Francisco Giants. He recalled that the Giants were sure they...
Before there was Stephen Strasburg, there was Mark Prior. A decade ago, Prior was the can't-miss pitcher, a distinction that resulted in the Cubs selecting him second overall during the 2001 MLB Draft. After one All-Star season in 2003, Prior's career was derailed by shoulder, elbow and groin issues. Prior hasn't thrown a single pitch in the majors since 2006. Yet, the...
By Jason Sinner - AngelsWin.com Columnist
I would like to take a moment to congratulate both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper on their admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was very forward thinking of the baseball writers association to revamp the criteria for acceptance. It is not surprising considering the general propensity for those in baseball to be accepting of...
By now, most baseball fans have heard of uber prospect, teen sensation Bryce Harper. The 19 year old has played in 35 games for the Nationals this season, and has yet to disappoint. He has hit 5 home runs, knocked in 14, and has hit .276. Harper's hustle is evident as he has scored 23 runs and stolen 3 bases. He has also successfully stolen home, but has occasionally been thrown...
It's no secret that the Washington Nationals have great pitching. And the last two days, the Red Sox have had to go up against not only the Nats' top two hurlers, but two of the top young pitchers in the game. The Sox had never seen Stephen Strasburg before Friday, but they have had a chance to look at Gio Gonzalez while he was with Oakland, so the team clearly needs to find...
The Washington Nationals entered Boston on Friday without a single win at Fenway Park in their franchise’s history, including their time in Montreal. After three games in America’s oldest ballpark, the 2012 Nats made a huge change to that information. The Nats swept the Red Sox in a three-game series, moving them to 12-games above .500 on the season. Coming to you from the...
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Red Sox (29-28)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (6-2, 3.75)
Pitching: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-1, 2.35)