On a day when rain postponed the start of a much-anticipated series against the Detroit Tigers, the Washington Nationals got some good news.
Manager Davey Johnson said left fielder Bryce Harper would not be suspended or fined by Major League Baseball for being ejected in Sunday's 6-2 win at Pittsburgh. Harper was ejected by third base umpire John Hirschbeck for disputing a checked-swing third strike.
''That's great. I'm glad I don't have to pay the $1,000. That's another $1,000 in my pocket, so that's good,'' Harper said. ''That's Major League Baseball's decision and I respect that definitely and if I was to get fined I'd respect that, too.''
Harper tried to hold up on a 2-2 pitch from Wandy Rodriguez and home plate umpire Bob Davidson pointed to Hirschbeck for help. Hirschbeck ruled that Harper had swung.
Harper stood outside the batter's box, stared at Hirschbeck for a few moments and dropped his bat. Hirschbeck then tossed Harper out of the game.
''It really turned out good,...