Are you one of those people who is angry that Bryce Harper is likely getting a planned night off tonight, after going 4 for 4 with a home run, two singles, and a triple in last night’s win in the series opener with the LA Angels? Harper is 11 for 21 with a double, triple, four home runs, four walks, and four Ks in five games coming out of the All-Star Break, but Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker told reporters last night that he planned on resting the right fielder in the second of two in Anaheim. “One-day break isn’t enough,” Baker said, “where the rest of us had four days, you know what I mean? Harper homered to center field in his first at bat, singled the second time up (and was thrown out on an attempt to take second base), singled again in the sixth, then tripled in the top of the eighth, and scored to put the Nationals ahead, 3-2, in what ended up a 4-3 win.
Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly avoided a shark attack for the second time in three years in South Africa on Wednesday. Fanning, 36, was competing in the quarterfinals of the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape against Brazilian Gabriel Medina when both athletes had to be pulled out of the water. Australian television footage showed the reported 8-10 foot Great White swimming around 600 meters from where Fanning and Medina were surfing.
The Cardinals should have sent Thursday's game against the Mets into extras. Instead, they lost after a silly mistake.