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Harper Tries to Join Trout at MLB's Pinnacle

Cliff Corcoran, The Strike Zone

Bryce Harper Taught a Proper Lesson

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

As the first regular season game to feature Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, Monday night’s Angels-Nationals contest was preceded by considerable hype. It’s not difficult to und...(full article)

Wasn'€™t the Nationals'€™ change in managers supposed to solve the problem?   Davey Johnson was too laid-back, so here came the intense Matt Williams, ready to snap the te...(full article)

The free scorecard handed to fans this weekend at Nationals Park has a picture of Bryce Harper on the cover, running full speed, hat off and hair standing straight up. The headline...(full article)

The Washington Wizards have been led back to the playoffs by John Wall, their dynamic all-star point guard. Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas once was one, too. And just like Wall emerged...(full article)

Bryce Harper watched the Nationals’ last-gasp fizzle without him for a reason that will be debated all year, one that could produce ripples that last all season. Manager Matt Wil...(full article)

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