As if the NL MVP race wasn’t already decided …
Bryce Harper slugged his 40th home run of the season on an 0-1 pitch from Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, pushing the Nationals’ lead over the host Phils to 8-2.
Harper is one of seven players in major league history to reach 40 home runs in his age-22 season or younger. The others: Alex Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Johnny Bench, Eddie Mathews, Joe DiMaggio, and Mel Ott.
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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.