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Bryce Harper back in Nationals’ lineup after knee scare

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Bryce Harper had to be scratched from the Nationals’ starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers due to soreness in his left knee, but all is well with the 22-year-old superstar …

Harper is batting .333/.460/.650 with 29 home runs and 69 RBI this season for the Nationals, who are currently 2 1/2 games back of the Mets in the National League East standings.

Washington is 5 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Video: Hisashi Iwakuma completes no-no vs. Orioles

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Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first career no-hitter Wednesday versus the O’s. Here’s how it ended

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager made an incredible catch in foul territory for the first out of the ninth inning. It seems like every no-hitter or perfect game has a signature, standout defensively play.

Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter against the Orioles

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Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has just completed the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 season.

The Japanese starter walked three batters but struck out seven in a historical 116-pitch effort as the Mariners defeated the visiting Orioles 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

Iwakuma joins Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio, and Felix Hernandez as the only Mariners starters to throw a no-no. Kevin Millwood and five relievers also combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers in 2012.

Iwakuma was thought to be a trade candidate at the July 31 deadline, but the Mariners opted to keep the 34-year-old impending free agent and he rewarded them Wednesday by stirring up one of the loudest home crowds Safeco Field has heard this season. It’s been a disappointing summer overall for the M’s, who carried postseason expectations after an active winter but stand 54-61 even after Wednesday’s victory.

Iwakuma has also breathed some much-needed life into his open-market value. He had a stellar 3.07 in 524 innings between 2012-2014 but entered his start Wednesday with a 4.41 ERA in 63 1/3 frames.

Those nine scoreless innings have pushed his season ERA down to 3.86.

The no-hitter was also Iwakuma’s first career complete game.