Nationals get 'a glimmer of hope' on Bryce Harper

After Three Hours Nationals Finally Admit That Game With Giants Is Postponed

Alex Pavlovic After three hours Nationals finally admit that game with Giants is postponed

Harper is now one of the leaders in the NL MVP race and is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

Beckham extended his hitting streak to 12 games to begin his Orioles career and scored three runs.

NOTES: Giants RHP Mark Melancon, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, was activated off the disabled list and INF Miguel Gomez (right knee inflammation) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 9.

The 26-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in 2013 after he was not drafted before embarking on his U.S. Army commitment.

There was no malice.

Chris Rowley has made the unusual transition from West Point graduate to a major league pitcher and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in Toronto's victory over Pittsburgh. The 15-year veteran had to mentally prepare to pitch again Saturday, and had to wait out an additional three hours because of more rain.

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Giants players were already in street clothes talking to family and friends and walking toward the team buses before the game was announced as postponed. After postponing last night's game, Major League Baseball was going to try to get this one in.

Manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyperextended his left knee and was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.

Of course, the Washington Nationals have had their fair share of those kinds of injuries this year when Adam Eaton tore his ACL in late April trying to beat out an infield single against the Mets. The Nationals will take that. It's been more than a month since manager Bruce Bochy addressed Morse's health on the record, and he said he hoped that Morse might be able to return to the club in September. This season, with the Giants off in a ditch, Baker is set to pass him once more.

"The good thing is he's young and strong", Baker said.

The latest freakish weather situation comes at Nationals Park, which famously had a three-hour, no-rain rain delay against the Atlanta Braves on July 6.

Should Strickland and Harper face off this weekend, it's unlikely that any fireworks would take place. They could use Matt Cain or Albert Suarez to run the first leg of a bullpen game.

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