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Spencer Kieboom loses tooth, then hits first MLB home run

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According to MASN’s Dan Kolko, Nationals catcher Spencer Kieboom lost his tooth and spit it out while walking to the plate for his fifth inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Kieboom proceeded to, of course, blast his first major league home run — a solo shot to right field to break a scoreless tie.

It’s not yet known what caused Kieboom’s tooth to become loose. Kolko and others will presumably find out after the game.

Kieboom, 27, entered Tuesday’s action batting a paltry .198/.281/.248 with six RBI in 114 plate appearances. It came at a cost, but he padded his stat line a bit with the dinger.

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Update (7:00 PM ET): Per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Kieboom lost his tooth — a veneer — while eating a baguette this morning. He plans to get it fixed during the Nationals’ next off-day, which is September 19. Kieboom did not spit out his tooth just ahead of his fifth-inning at-bat as many thought.

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.