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Snakebitten son of MLB player to throw 1st pitch

After spending two months in and out of hospitals because of rattlesnake bites, John Axford's 3-year old son will throw the ceremonial first pitch Friday at Coors Field. 'This is going to be exciting'

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D-Backs plate a dozen vs. Rockies

Yasmany Tomas is one of three Diamondbacks with at least 3 hits so far as Arizona is jumping all over Colorado pitching at Coors Field. Follow live

Barry Bonds is fan of women's cycling

But is women's cycling a fan of Bonds? He doesn't care: "There was wrong in my sport, and there was definitely wrong in cycling. You can't sit there and say, 'This person did wrong, we're gonna put him in prison; this person did wrong, but he gets to go have another career.' It's sick." How he supports cycling

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Watch all 3 of Bryce Harper's homers

By the bottom of the 5th inning, the Nationals OF had three HRs in as many at-bats, and he'd end the day 3-for-4 with 5 RBIs against the Marlins.


Samardzija drops suspension appeal

White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija will begin serving his five-game suspension immediately. Samardzija was punished due to his role in the April 23 on-field brawl with the Royals.

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Harper homers go great distance

All three of Bryce Harper's home runs went over 400 feet and traveled a total of 1,276 feet (about a quarter of a mile).

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Red Sox' David Ortiz on Patriots' situation: "It bugs me. What does it have to do with winning the Super Bowl?”

Verlander cleared to resume throwing

Justin Verlander has been sidelined since the start of the season with a strained right triceps, but the Tigers RHP has now been given the green light to resume throwing.

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No update on Nats' Stephen Strasburg

Manager Matt Williams said in his postgame presser today he doesn't have an update on the pitcher, who left Tuesday's game in the third inning with irritation under his shoulder blade.

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Final: Nationals 7, Marlins 5

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer gave up 5 runs over 7 innings with 10 strikeouts, but lucky for him, Bryce Harper is on his team. The outfielder went 3-for-4 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs, almost single-handedly beating the Marlins.


Stanton shows he can homer too

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton didn't like Bryce Harper getting all the attention with his 3-for-3, 3-homer showing to begin the game -- so the Marlins slugger hit a 3-run HR of his own to cut the Nationals' lead to just 2, and it's 7-5 in the 8th. Follow live

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Even before today, Harper ranked in the top 9% of all position players in MLB history by WAR, and he won't turn 23 till October.

Bryce Harper grounds out in 4th at-bat

After starting the game 3-for-3 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs, the Nationals OF showed he's human -- he grounded out to second but still drove in a run in the process. The Nats lead the Marlins 7-2 in the seventh.


Jayson Stark @jaysonst

What a show by Bryce Harper, still only 22. 3rd youngest NL player ever with a 3 HR game. The 2 younger: Eddie Mathews (20) & Mel Ott (21)

Bryce Harper has 3 homers by 6th inning

The Nationals OF has gone up to bat three times so far this game, and he's hit a home run each time (his 6th, 7th, 8th this season). The Nationals are up 5-2 over the Marlins in the sixth behind Harper's 4 RBIs.