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Bryce Harper ejected for second time in a week


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.’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 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.

Mariners release veteran catcher John Baker

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From beat writer Greg Johns of comes word that the Mariners have officially cut ties with veteran catcher John Baker, releasing him from the roster Wednesday evening at Triple-A Tacoma.

Baker, 34, was batting just .161/.185/.194 over 65 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level.

He hasn’t been an effective major leaguer since 2009, when he hit .271/.349/.410 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 112 games for the Marlins.

Catchers do tend to have nine lives, but we might never see Baker back in the bigs.