District Daily: Bryce Harper Hits in Return, Anthony Rendon Campaigns for ASG


Jun 30, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a RBI single during the during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Did you enjoy Bryce Harper‘s return last night? He certainly made it memorable. Check out some on his return and more in today’s District Daily.

Harper provides spark as Nats at full strength

(Bill Ladson and Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

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WASHINGTON — The Nationals activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the 15-day disabled list before Monday night’s game against the Rockies, batting the slugger sixth and starting him in left field.

Harper ended up going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored during a 7-3 victory over Colorado. Harper drove in the first run of the game with a two-out single in the fourth inning. He even came close to doubling up Justin Morneau at first base in the first inning.

“I’m excited; I come in here and I’m able to get back out there for a team that is in contention,” Harper said of the Nationals, who entered the week a half-game behind the first-place Braves in the National League East. “It’s a lot of fun. I’m excited to be back.” Read full article here.

Rendon continues campaign for All-Star Game

(Bill Ladson and Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — With the official announcement of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game rosters less then a week away, the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon continues to make a push to secure a coveted spot with the National League squad in Minneapolis.

Rendon started the season as a second baseman, but because of injuries to Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper, the 24-year-old slugger has seen limited time at that position. He started his 10th game at second base on Monday night against the Rockies when Harper returned from his disabled list stint for a torn left thumb ligament. Read full article here.

Stras takes on Rox with mechanical adjustment

(Cody Ulm, MLB.com)

Stephen Strasburg and Christian Friedrich couldn’t have had more opposite professional careers, but at least they can relate on their recent distaste for the Brewers.

Strasburg surrendered a season-high seven earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in last Wednesday’s start in Milwaukee. After rejoining the Rockies’ rotation for the first time since 2012, both of Friedrich’s starts this season have come against the Brewers. His 10 innings pitched against the Crew have resulted in 16 hits and nine earned runs.

The good news is, both men see reasons for optimism heading into Tuesday’s faceoff. Read full article here.