Bryce Harper does something Derek Jeter never did

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But only after Derek Jeter almost did it himself.

Bryce Harper went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts Saturday as the Nationals lost to the Yankees 5-3 in 14 innings.

With two outs and the tying run on base in the 14th, Harper grounded out to end the game, his worst to date as a major leaguer.

It was almost Jeter’s worst game as well. The future Hall of Famer singled into the hole between short and third in the top of the 14th to avoid what would have been his first 0-for-7 ever. He also committed an error in the game.

The game went into extra innings after home plate umpire Ted Barrett botched a call in the eighth, denying the Nationals’ their fourth run even though Tyler Moore touched home plate well ahead of Russell Martin’s tag.

Mark Teixeira had the big hit for the Yankees, driving in both runs in the 14th with his double. Freddy Garcia, making his first appearance in 11 days and just his second since May 21, recorded the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Rafael Soriano got the save despite a shaky bottom of the 14th.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.