Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper (shin) is back in the lineup for the Sunday season finale against the Mets.
Harper had a scare after missing the second leg of the Saturday doubleheader thanks to a hit-by-pitch in Game 1, but he'll tough it out and finish the season in the starting lineup. At stake for the phenom is a chance to hit the 100-RBI mark and lock up the NL batting title, where he's in a virtual tie with Dee Gordon.
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer (14-12) was spectacular on Saturday, picking up his second no-hitter of the season while striking out 17 New York Mets in a 2-0 win.
Scherzer should have been rewarded with a perfect game, but Yunel Escobar had an egregious error in the sixth to cost Scherzer. It took the righty 109 pitches to get through the junior varsity Mets lineup and his breaking balls were just ridiculous on Saturday. He finished the season with a 2.79 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, while recording an absurd 276:34 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Washington Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla went 1 for 1 with a solo home in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets on Saturday.
That marks his second homer of the season and seeing his name pop up is a surprise in itself. The once power-hitting second baseman has been relegated to bench duties, as his average has plummeted and power has dropped off significantly in recent years. Uggla will likely have trouble finding a roster spot on any team come next season.
Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
Bryce Harper will play center field with Matt den Dekker starting in right field in the first half of Saturday's twin bill. Look for Taylor to be available off the bench and likely start the nightcap.
Washington Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar (back) is in Saturday's lineup hitting second against the New York Mets . He will play in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader and will presumably be healthy enough to be available in the Nationals' other remaining games this season.
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