Bryce Harper had to be lifted from Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Giants after fouling a ball off his left foot in the top of the seventh inning. But he’ll play through the bruise on Sunday afternoon …
Harper is batting .332/.456/.644 with 30 home runs and 73 RBI in 109 games this season for the Nationals, who currently stand 4 1/2 games back of the Mets in the NL East standings. Washington is 9 1/2 games back of the second National League Wild Card spot, so catching New York is really the only option.
Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.