Bill Baer

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper watches from the dugout during the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

Video: Bryce Harper hits a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth


Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper didn’t start, but he still took sole possession for the major league in home runs at nine, tying Sunday’s game between the Twins and Nationals at four in the bottom of the ninth. Harper, pinch-hitting for Michael Taylor, worked a full count against reliever Kevin Jepsen, then drilled a 96 MPH fastball to center field.

The reigning NL MVP is now hitting .323/.405/.855 with 23 RBI and the MLB-best nine dingers.

The Nationals needed more than Harper’s home run, however. Chris Heisey won it in the bottom of the 16th with a walk-off solo home run off of Michael Tonkin.

Yasiel Puig made another amazing defensive play at Coors Field

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig looks to the dugout for signs as he steps out of the batter's box while facing Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Denver. Puig drew a walk, the first of three in a row yielded by Lyles. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

On Friday, Dodgers outfielder made one of the greatest throws ever, throwing out Trevor Story at third base from deep right-center. He continued to play stellar defense during Sunday’s series finale, robbing Brandon Barnes of a double and two RBI with a running catch into the fence in right-center field.

The Rockies were on the war path that inning until Puig’s catch squelched them. They had scored three two-out runs against Dodgers starter Alex Wood. But the Dodgers are holding onto a 7-5 lead in the eighth as of this writing.

Video: Umpire Laz Diaz barely escapes a Drew Butera line drive

Home plate umpire Laz Diaz is seen during a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Umpire Laz Diaz had a split second to react and get out of the way of a screaming Drew Butera line drive during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s game between the Orioles and Royals. Thankfully, Diaz succeeded and was able to spin himself to safety, though it involved taking a seat in the dirt behind third base.

The effort earned Diaz a round of applause and a helping hand from Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele.

Albert Pujols ties Reggie Jackson with 563rd career home run

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols watches his two-run home run off  Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson during the first inning of their baseball game, Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King

Angels DH Albert Pujols tied Reggie Jackson for 13th on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard with his 563rd career home run on Sunday against the Mariners. With Mike Trout on first base, Pujols drilled a 1-2 Wade Miley fastball out to left-center for a no-doubt two-run homer.

Pujols entered the at-bat hitless in his previous 26 at-bats. His last hit, prior to that, was a two-run home run in the first inning against the Twins’ Kyle Gibson on April 17.

Pujols would single in his second at-bat, bringing his triple-slash line up to .157/.234/.300 along with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Indians to place Carlos Carrasco on the disabled list with a hamstring strain

Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is helped off the field in the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco strained his left hamstring covering first base on a ground ball during the bottom of the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Tigers. He’s traveling back to Cleveland to undergo an MRI, but manager Terry Francona says the right-hander will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, per Zack Meisel of

Trevor Bauer relieved Carrasco and yielded two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Bauer is likely to be the Indians’ first choice to join the rotation in Carrasco’s absence. Including Sunday’s outing, Bauer has a 4.76 ERA with a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.