The reliever they call "The Bear" bore down to win a showdown of unparalleled proportions before Friday night's game.
The man whose opinion of Harper matters perhaps the most finally offered his take before Friday's game.
Discuss tonight's series opener with the Phillies -- Max Scherzer against Sean O'Sullivan -- here.
Right-hander throws eight strong innings and slugger blasts league-leading 16th homer in 2-1 victory over Phillies.
Phillies left-hander plunked the Nationals’ rookie, who came around to steal home. They’ll meet again Saturday.
Apart from newcomer Max Scherzer, Washington’s rotation has not dominated the way many predicted.
With Doug Fister still on the disabled list, Roark is on schedule to start in his place early next week in Chicago.
The veteran right-hander is now eligible to make his Washington Nationals debut.
The Nationals face right-hander Sean O'Sullivan in the first of three games against the Phillies this weekend.
Manfred told reporters Thursday "sooner or later MASN is going to be required to pay those rights fees" to the Nationals.
Washington has needed to rely on young relievers more and more this season, and those pitchers are really stepping up.
"It means a lot," Difo said. "I know now that I’m here it’ll open the doors for the other guys."
"My body is not in the shape that it normally is in. I’m working hard each day."