District Daily: Harper Confident Production Around the Corner, Why the Nationals Should Not Trade Span


Jul 6, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Chicago Cubs 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Harper confident production around the corner

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

BALTIMORE — Since coming off the disabled list on June 30, Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was 4-for-28 [.143] with one RBI entering Thursday’s game against the Orioles.

However, Harper feels that he is close to getting his stroke back. Case in point: In Wednesday’s 6-2 victory over the Orioles, Harper just missed hitting a ball that was right down the middle of the plate, but he ended up popping up to right fielder Nick Markakis. In his final at-bat, Harper hit the ball hard, but it was right at Markakis.

“I feel good. I’m having good at-bats. My numbers might not say that, but we are winning ballgames and that’s huge,” Harper said. “Everyone is swinging the bat well right now. Hopefully, I can come out and keep having good ABs. Last night was a step forward, hopefully. Read full article here.

5 Reasons Why the Washington Nationals Should Not Trade OF Denard Span

(Harry Floyd, Rant Sports)

Forget the rumors you’ve heard about the Washington Nationals trading OF Denard Span. The team is likely to keep Span through the 2015 season and for good reason. Despite rumors and comments from players like fellow OF Bryce Harper, the Nationals see Span in center field for the time being. Here is why they should keep him there. Read full article here.

Anthony Rendon not an All-Star, but he’s been Nats’ MVP

(Zac Boyer, Washington Times)

While the majority of his teammates donned white T-shirts for batting practice Tuesday afternoon, the extra layer of cotton mopping up their sweat, Anthony Rendon looked plenty comfortable strutting around the infield in his standard red warm-ups.

The T-shirts, printed and distributed a day earlier, were part of a campaign to help the Washington Nationals infielder earn a spot in the All-Star Game. Despite the discomfort in the stifling July humidity, Rendon’s teammates had no problem taking up his cause, figuring they’d help support someone whom many consider their best through the first half of the season.

Yet Rendon himself did. After making his objections known Sunday, when he said he would not campaign to win the annual “Final Vote” tally, his on-field protest spoke loudest. Read full article here.