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January 22, 2019 - 1:26 am

Bryce Harper will obviously play more games at Nationals Park regardless of what happens in the offseason.Even if he leaves the Nationals http://www.marlinsfanproshop.c…..dle-jersey , he’ll return at some point in a different uniform and likely be the subject of a video tribute and warm ovation. Or he’ll re-sign with Washington and spend the prime years of his career in a Nationals’ uniform.The Nationals (80-78), though, play their final home game of a disappointing 2018 season Wednesday afternoon against the visiting Miami Marlins (62-95). For Harper, it could be the last time he dresses in the spacious home clubhouse and makes his way down the stairs to the Nationals dugout behind first base.Article continues below …After entering the All-Star break with a .214 batting average, Harper thrilled the hometown crowd with a win in the Home Run Derby. He carried that success into the second half and is hitting .246 with 34 home runs, 129 runs scored, and career highs in RBIs (100) and walks (129) with four games remaining.“Credit to him,” manager Dave Martinez said. “He started off really slow and to be where’s he at now … is a testament to what kind of player he really is.”Harper, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, and agent Scott Boras will be able to listen to offers from other teams while the Nationals determine if Harper is part of the future or if they will use that money to fill needs that could include starting pitching, a catcher and a second baseman.“Excited about the future,” Harper told of what’s ahead for the Nationals. “If I’m going to be part of that future http://www.marlinsfanproshop.c…..uto-jersey , and hopefully I am, and if I’m in those plans for the Nationals organization and (ownership), then we’ll see what happens.”Miami left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (6-11, 4.66 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyler McGowin (0-0, 6.75) in Wednesday’s finale, which could be affected by rain, which has been a near-constant of late at Nationals Park.Chen has a 2.88 ERA over his last seven games and is coming off a home win against the Reds in which he allowed three hits over seven shutout innings. He has a 1.62 home ERA in 13 starts, but a 9.29 road ERA in 11 outings.“I can’t explain why I can pitch like this at home, and not so much on the road,” Chen told “I probably should practice more in spring training.”Chen is making his fourth 2018 start against the Nationals and is 0-1. For his career, he’s 1-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) versus Washington.McGowin will be making his first major league start in place of Tanner Roark, who will remain in Atlanta with his family following the birth of his son.The Nationals Brian Anderson Jersey , who have moved ahead of the Phillies for second place in the NL East, won their second straight over the Marlins on Tuesday. Max Scherzer (18-7) struck out 10 batters to become the third pitcher in the last 15 seasons — joining Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw — to strike out 300 batters in a season.Scherzer improved to 5-0 against the Marlins in 2018.“I think it’s fun for our guys, that challenge with him, because it’s the best,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told the Miami Herald. “I think that challenge is good for hitters. It lets you know where you’re at.”Anthony Rendon continued his torrid hitting, clubbing a homer and driving in four runs for the second straight night. He has five homers in his last nine games, and has 91 RBIs despite missing a month because of injury.“He is on fire,” Martinez said. “He works good at-bats. He uses the whole field.” On Aug. 31, Tyler Glasnow pitched the best game of his still-developing major league career, yielding a run and two hits in seven innings at Cleveland.He lost the game but flashed the form the Tampa Bay Rays want to see as he gets this major league thing together.On Tuesday night, the big right-hander, who is 1-5 this year and 3-14 in his major league career (with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay) http://www.marlinsfanproshop.c…..jas-jersey , goes against rookie Shane Bieber and the Indians in the second game of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.Article continues below …The Rays are in pursuit of their 13th straight home victory.On Monday night, the Rays’ bats helped teammate Blake Snell by chasing Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber in the second inning, then couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead before Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer in the ninth to win it.“An exciting win to say the least,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “You just don’t see that type of inning (the second) against Corey Kluber. We were fortunate that we had some good at-bats, some patient at-bats, and got some big hits.”The Cleveland bullpen then shut the Rays down — until the ninth, when Choi connected off Brad Hand, the eighth Indians pitcher, with two outs to win it.Tampa Bay, still a long-shot wild-card hopeful, came off the three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles and have now won have won eight of their last nine and 17 of their last 20 games. They are 15 games above .500 and are 33-8 at the Trop since June 11.The Rays are 25-11 since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.The Indians, who are closing in on clinching the American League Central Bryan Holaday Jersey , got Andrew Miller back Monday and will activate the recently required Josh Donaldson on Tuesday night.Cleveland had to answer reported complaints by Yankees and Red Sox contenders about the way the club acquired Donaldson and was then able to have him play rehab games in the minors.“We didn’t do anything different than any other team could’ve done,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “And, in fact, there were a lot of other teams that were negotiating with Josh at the time of the trade. Now, we can only see the one reality of what played out, because only one team can end up getting the guy.“And there’s only one thing to assess, and that’s what happened in the time that we had Josh with us. But, had he been traded to another team, the very same process very well could’ve played out with them.”In the start after the big game in Cleveland, Glasnow lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Toronto, yielding five hits, two walks and seven runs. The only positive was his two outs were both strikeouts.“I don’t think it gets much worse than that Brad Ziegler Jersey ,” said Glasnow, who has 112 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings this season. “Just have to forget about it and get the next.”Bieber goes for the Indians, who are close to clinching the AL Central. The right-hander is 9-3 with a 4.63 ERA and has gone 4-1 since July 24 — 3-1 with an unimpressive 5.53 ERA in his last five times out.The night after Glasnow suffered his tough loss to the Indians, Bieber lost to the Rays, allowing nine hits and four runs, all earned, in 5 1/3 innings.The Rays won Monday without Kevin Kiermaier (illness) and Matt Duffy (back tightness).While Kluber’s teammates hurt his Cy Young chances – his ERA went from 2.75 to 2.91 – Snell can bolster his own campaign when he goes for his 19th victory of the season in Wednesday night’s series finale against the Indians.

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