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.
Six years after the Washington Nationals drafted Alex Meyer with the 23rd overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft, the 6’9’’, 27-year-old right-hander took the mound for the Los Angeles Angels and shut the Nats down. Meyer flirted with a no-hitter Wednesday night, and ended up tossing a total of seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win against the organization that made him a first-round pick and traded him a year later. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo and former Scouting Director and current Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Kris Kline heaped praise on Meyer after they selected him as part of a 2011 Draft class that produced three players who were in the game on Wednesday. Anthony Rendon, the 6th overall pick
The Astros, Brewers and Red Sox are still interested in acquiring Tigers closer Justin Wilson, sources told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Shortly after this news, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Nationals are also inquiring about Wilson. Late Wednesday night, a source also told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the Dodgers were interested in Detroit’s lefty reliever. It also comes three days after the Rays also expressed interest in him. Wilson is in his first season as a true closer and has collected just 10 saves since taking over the role on May 9. The 29-year-old is currently enjoying one of the best years of his career, having posted a 2.29 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP while averaging 12.7