Bryce Harper provided an immediate boost for the Washington Nationals in his return from injury. For an encore, he'll try to help the Nationals give some better support for Stephen Strasburg.
Strasburg, meanwhile, will try to produce another stellar performance in his first matchup with the struggling Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee, Harper homered on the second pitch he saw and sparked Washington to a 10-5 victory in Monday's series opener. Jayson Werth drove in a season-high five runs and NL wins leader Jordan Zimmermann had three hits as the Nationals won for the eighth time in 12 games.
"It's kind of contagious. Everybody knows we've got some work to do," manager Davey Johnson said. "Let's get down to business. Let's get serious."
Strasburg (4-6, 2.41 ERA) will next try to help Washington (42-40) move three games over .500 for the first time since May 18. The right-hander has a 1.47 ERA in his last eight games but has ear...