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Great read on Bryce Harper

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Saw this linked up on Twitter, and figured it was worth sharing here: Is Bryce Harper already the most interesting man in baseball?

Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo has choice words for Cole Hamels

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"It was a gutless chicken [bleep] [bleeping] act," Mike Rizzo Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo made it abundantly clear this morning how he felt about Cole Hamels' purpose pitch, which hit Bryce Harper squarely between the numbers with two outs in the the first inning of what ended up a 9-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. In an interview with The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore, Rizzo said, among other things, "Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with." With the emotions that ran high all weekend, the beaning, subsequent stealing of home by said 19-year old rookie, and now Rizzo's public tirade, this rivalry -- that has been for the most part one-sided through history -- has been elevated to a whole new level. The next time the Nats face the Phillies is May 21-23 in Philadelphia. Natitude, indeed.

The First Four Plate Appearances Of Bryce Harper's Career

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via @SBNBaseball's Grant Brisbee (@McCoveyChron): "Bryce Harper made his debut on Saturday. You might have heard about it. Here's a look at his four plate appearances." - with gifs, Vin Scully comments and more. LINK HERE and in title.

Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins: Sunday Series Finale Postponed.

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As expected, due to the inclement weather in the nation's capital, today's finale of the three-game series between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins has been postponed with no make up date yet announced. The Nationals have the day off Monday too, before starting a three-game series with San Diego on Tuesday night...

Washington Nationals vs Boston Red Sox: We Can't Follow The GameThread.

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The link above is to MLB.com's Gameday box score, which is the only way to follow today's Nats vs Red Sox game. No audio or video today unfortunately. Jordan Zimmermann's making his final Spring start. Here's the lineup that will be backing him up: 1. Roger Bernadina - CF 2. Ian Desmond - SS 3. Danny Espinosa - 2B 4. Adam LaRoche - 1B 5. Xavier Nady - RF 6. Chad Tracy - LF 7. Wilson Ramos - DH 8. Jesus Flores - C 9. Steve Lombardozzi - 3B • We'll post occasional updates in the comments...Who's Watching The Box Score updates?

Buried Treasure Top 100 Prospect List: #3 Bryce Harper; #20 Anthony Rendon; #89 Sammy Solis

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The link goes to the entire Buried Treasure top 100 list. The list includes 3 Nationals. The players' names link to a short scouting report/placement explanation. #3 Bryce Harper #20 Anthony Rendon #89 Sammy Solis

"Washington Nationals may finally meet expectations — on and off the field" -Marc Fisher, Washington Post

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"It’s taken longer than expected, but if the team and the area around Nationals Park blossom this year, that would be good news for those who believed baseball’s return would pay off for Washington." - Marc Fisher, Washington Post • In case you missed it, an interesting read linked above in the title and HERE. And a really interesting infographic HERE on the "transformation" the neighborhood around Nationals Park has undergone since the stadium opened.

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Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins: We Can't Follow The GameThread.

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Gio Gonzalez is on the hill this afternoon as the Washington Nationals take on the Miami Marlins this afternoon in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium. No radio or tv coverage for this one. The link above is for MLB.com's Gameday coverage of the game. You can also follow @MarkZuckerman, @AComak, @Washingnats, @AdamKilgoreWP, @cheistWTOP and @DanKolko for updates from Florida. We'll update occasionally here. Today's Lineup: 1. Ian Desmond - SS; 2. Danny Espinosa - 2B; 3. Rick Ankiel - CF; 4. Mark DeRosa - 3B; 5. Chad Tracy - 1B; 6. Jesus Flores - C; 7. Roger Bernadina - RF; 8. Steve Lombardozzi - LF; 9. Gio Gonzalez - SP

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