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Video: Bryce Harper drops an F-bomb at home plate ump Brian Knight after Nationals walk off winners


Things were testy between outfielder Bryce Harper and home plate umpire Brian Knight during Monday’s game between the Nationals and Tigers. Harper had apparently been chirping at Knight since the fourth inning, when he was called out on strikes.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the score tied at four apiece, Danny Espinosa struck out looking against Tigers reliever Mark Lowe for the first out of the frame. Harper must have been shouting from the dugout because Knight turned around and instantly ejected him. MLB Gameday says it was Espinosa who was ejected, but Espinosa didn’t react when Knight gave the hook and Harper got angrier.

As fate would have it, Clint Robinson promptly ended the game by hitting a walk-off solo home run to right field. It barely cleared the wall, so the umpires reviewed the play to make sure a fan didn’t interfere. The initial ruling was confirmed and the Nats won 5-4. As the Nationals rushed onto the field to celebrate, Harper could be clearly seen screaming “F— you!” at Knight.

Here’s a video, courtesy Joe Mullinax of SB Nation:

To make the whole situation even funnier, Robinson told MASN’s Dan Kolko in a post-game interview that he thought it was the eighth inning, not the ninth. So it was an interesting game, to say the least.

Chris Paddack loses no-hit bid in eighth inning vs. Marlins

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Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.


Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.

The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.

Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.

Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.