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Nationals' Harper powers Senators to 10-4 win with three home runs

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper stole the show Saturday at Canal Park, mesmerizing the home crowd with a power display that included three home runs.

Harper, who is with visiting Harrisburg on a rehab assignment for the left thumb he injured in April, was a combining 2-for-5 with three walks, two RBI and two stolen bases in his first two games against the Ducks in the series.

Saturday he flashed the one element of his game missing - his power - by going 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI as the Senators designated hitter. Harper went yard to each part of the field with a pair of solo shots in the third and fifth innings followed by a three-run blast in the eighth.

After Harper hit into a double play in his first plate appearance, he promptly made up for lost time by blasting a trio of home runs – one to each part of the field to help the  Senators (32-47) cruise to a 10-4 victory over the host RubberDucks (46-35).

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Injury bug hits Ducks hard this week, claiming three starters

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

It’s hard to imagine the term “dropping like flies” being more fitting for a baseball club than it’s been this week for the RubberDucks.

The team has lost three starters from the lineup to injury in as many days. Making matters worse is the fact that the trio also happens to be the club’s top three players.

Wednesday, the Ducks lost starting shortstop - and the parent-club Indians No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America - when Francisco Lindor suffered a broken nose while fielding a ball that took a bad hop.

During Thursday’s game, the injury bug took a bite out of second baseman Joey Wendle. The Tribe’s No. 17th prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist on his own foul tip.

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Ducks lose game and CF Tyler Naquin in 4-3 loss to Senators

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

Major league rehabber Bryce Harper helped stake visiting Harrisburg to a 4-3 victory Friday with two RBI at the plate and then contributed a defensive play in the ninth inning to preserve the one-run victory that handed the Senators the win in the second game of a four-game series at Canal Park. 

After scoring a run on a Jake Lowery triple and Jordan Smith double in the third inning, the Ducks were shut out for the next five innings by Harrisburg starting pitcher John Simms.

But the host rallied in ninth inning against the Senators bullpen as reliever Tyler Herron struggled to slam the door shut. Herron dished up a leadoff home run to Kent State product Anthony Gallas, and then issued back-to-walks to Bryan LaHair and Tony Wolters with no outs.

But with the tying run at the plate, the Senators went back to the bullpen and brought on Robert Benincasa to finish the job. The right-hander did just that in retiring the first batter he faced before Ronny Rodriguez doubled to pull the Ducks to within a run before clinching the win.  

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Francisco Lindor diagnosed with non-displaced nasal fracture

By August Fagerstrom Published: June 26, 2014

Cleveland Indians top prospect and Akron RubberDucks shortstop Francisco Lindor has been diagnosed with a non-displaced nasal fracture. He is expected to miss 7-10 days and has passed all concussion tests.

Lindor left Wednesday's contest against Erie after a ground ball skipped off the infield dirt and hit him in the face while attempting to turn a double play. Lindor immediately fell face-down to the ground as team trainers rushed to his side. After a minute or two on the ground, Lindor walked off the field on his own power with a towel to his face to stop the flow of blood.

Lindor was ranked the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America's preseason top 100 list. He was batting .283 with a .362 on-base percentage with six home runs and 19 stolen bases in 72 games. The day before Lindor's injury, he was named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game roster.

August Fagerstrom can be reached at Follow August on Twitter @AugustF_ABJ.

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