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.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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