Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant go way back. The two grew up in Las Vegas, and since they are only one year apart, played against each other pretty often as kids. A 14-year-old Bryant was teammates with a 13-year-old Harper on the Southern Nevada Bulldogs.
For Olympic athletes, the five-ring hangover is real. The aftereffects of four years spent pouring heart and soul into earning an Olympic berth can be crippling. The transition can be tough: finding new purpose, relocating reality and returning to a modest corner of the athletic universe after a sudden and intense star turn.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: In his last six starts before tonight’s, including last week’s run at career no-hitter No. 3, Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs or less, posting a 0.94 ERA and a .123/.189/.204 line against in 48 innings, over which he walked eight (1.50 BB/9) and collected a total of 69 Ks (12.94 BB/9). Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker was asked after the no-hit bid in his outing in Miami what it was about his 32-year-old ace that allowed Scherzer to dominate so consistently on the mound. “He’s emotionally and mentally strong and physically strong,” Baker said. “And it tells you what kind of shape he’s in. “I mean, this guy works as hard as anybody I’ve ever had. This is what allows