Max Scherzer blames Taylor Swift for lighting problems at Nationals Park


After play was stopped three times due to a lighting malfunction at Nationals Park, last night’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals was suspended in the top of the sixth inning and will resume this afternoon at 2:05 p.m. ET.

The outage consisted of a bank of lights along the third base line. The timing here is interesting, as this was the first game at Nationals Park since Taylor Swift performed two concerts at the stadium during the All-Star break. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer took to Twitter to jokingly share his hunch about the cause of the outage:

Scherzer obviously just wants Swift to write a song about him on her next record. It’s worth a shot.

Meanwhile, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has his own theory:

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.