There's an asterisk for a reason. You read that headline right. And no, the Washington Nationals young star wasn't on the mound in mop-up duty late in a game that saw the Atlanta Braves veteran pitcher get an at-bat. Tim Hudson DID hit a home run off Bryce Harper. Bryce Harper's glove, that is.
The moment occurred during the fifth inning of an eventual 8-1 Braves victory when Hudson sent a deep drive to right. Harper made a leaping attempt to snag the ball at the wall but it glanced off his leather for a long ball. It was Hudson's third career round-tripper and part of a big night for the right-hander. The three-time All-Star went 2-for-3 at the plate (he also had a double in the second) and went seven strong innings to pick up his 200th career win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hudson joined Bob Lemon as the only two pitchers in MLB history to hit a home run in the same game they picked up career win No. 200. Lemon did it in 1956. You might remember Lemon's name came up earlier this season when Clayton Kershaw joined him as the most recent pitcher to toss a shutout and hit a home run on Opening Day. The Hall of Fame pitcher (who also managed the Yankees to a World Series title in 1978) pulled off the rare feat in 1953. One other fun fact: Nats manager Davey Johnson was also the opposing skipper for his first career victory (in 1999, when he was with the Dodgers).
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In the NBA playoffs, Warriors star Stephen Curry exchanged words with a Nuggets fan leaving the court following a 107-100 Denver win over Golden State in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round series.
And the Chicago Blackhawks needed overtime but the Presidents' Trophy winners beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 as the Stanley Cup playoffs got underway.
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