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Bryce Harper on Marvin Hudson ejection: “I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump”

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Bryce Harper was very upset about his third-inning ejection from Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, and rightly so. Harper went off in the clubhouse afterward, and Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com got the money quote

“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple,” Harper said. “I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees. The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. I don’t want to get tossed. There’s no reason for me to get tossed in that situation. I don’t think I did anything bad to get tossed. Maybe he just had a bad morning or he didn’t get his coffee.”

Watch the ejection again at this link (or in the embedded video below). Harper was thrown out for leaving the batter’s box, but he only left the batter’s box after home plate umpire Marvin Hudson took his mask off and stepped toward the Nationals’ dugout to begin chirping with manager Matt Williams …

Williams also did some venting after the game, an eventual 3-2 victory for Washington. Again via Hughes: “Doggone it, he’s our best player and arguably the best player on the planet right now,” said Williams. “And we need him in the game. And I don’t feel as if there was any need to throw him out.”

Adam Eaton hit his first home run since April 12, 2014

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Adam Eaton of the White Sox homered Wednesday night for the first time since last April 12. MLB.com has the video. It’s unfortunately not embeddable.

That ended a span of 627 plate appearances without a dinger for Eaton. He has always been more of a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter, but it’s a little surprising the 26-year-old doesn’t randomly send a few more over the fence considering how many chances he gets as the primary leadoff hitter for the White Sox.

U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago is known as a power-friendly park.

Video: Tigers catcher James McCann jumps into the netting behind home plate to make catch

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Check out this fantastic defensive play Wednesday night from Tigers catcher James McCann …

McCann entered play Wednesday with a respectable .293/.321/.413 season batting line. The 24-year-old former second-round pick has been big for Tigers with Alex Avila out indefinitely due to a left knee injury.

Bryce Harper ejected for second time in a week

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Bryce Harper was ejected from a game last Wednesday against the Diamondbacks after arguing a check-swing call by the home plate umpire. And he got thrown out again tonight. CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman paints the scene:

Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called a strike on the first offering from pitcher Adam Warren on Harper and the Nationals right fielder appeared to disagree. That generated an argument about Harper getting back into the batter’s box.

Harper demonstrated with his left cleat that he was digging in to take the next pitch. Hudson ejected him shortly after he made the gesture.

You can see the video here — it was quite an ump show.

Hudson must have felt like the fans in attendance at Nationals Park paid to come see him, rather than the early frontrunner for National League MVP. Michael Taylor replaced Harper in Washington’s batting order.

Anthony Rendon hits in cage, takes grounders

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Anthony Rendon was placed on the disabled list just before the start of the 2015 regular season with a sprained MCL in his left knee and then he strained his left oblique muscle in early May while trying to rehab that knee injury. It’s been a frustrating several weeks for the young budding star, but he is finally beginning to make some significant progress …

Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that Rendon took grounders, did some running, and hit in an indoor batting cage Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. “It was a good day for him,” said Nationals manager Matt Williams. “We’re glad to have him back here on the road to recovery. Right now we’re trying to get him as healthy as possible.”

Rendon, 24, should be ready at some point in early June if he can avoid further physical setbacks.

He hit .287/.351/.473 with 21 homers, 83 RBI, and 111 runs scored in 153 games last season.