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.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.