Bryce Harper homers with Fourth of July-themed bat

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It’s only noon on the East Coast, but Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is already setting off fireworks. Check out this first-inning blast against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, which he hit with a pretty nifty-looking Fourth of July-themed bat:

Harper is now up to 25 home runs on the season, which ties him with Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier for second in the National League.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.