Harper, the superstar right fielder here in Washington D.C., crumpled after slipping on first base in the first inning Saturday night. While both insist that they've moved on from the skirmish, there's a chance the two will square off in a more traditional sense in Saturday's opener of a rain-delayed three-game series at Nationals Park, which will conclude with a doubleheader Sunday after Friday's game was postponed.
The 26-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in 2013 after he was not drafted before embarking on his U.S. Army commitment.
Harper was making an MVP case for himself before the injury with a slash line of.326/.419/.614 to go with 29 home runs and 87 RBI. He is tied for the Major League lead with 14 two-strike home runs this season, and leads MLB with 12 first-inning longballs.
And it would mean that Major League Baseball's greatest stage would be deprived one of its most talented and recognizable players - one of few legitimate and marketable stars who resonate beyond casual fans of the game. He sprinted over the dugout rail and had a balled fist trained on Harper's jaw before he collided with Giants first baseman Michael Morse - a knocking of heads that put Morse on the disabled list with a concussion that likely will end his career. "I couldn't get the ball down in the first inning".
Brandon Drury's two-run double keyed a four-run sixth inning that broke up Jon Lester's pitching duel with Patrick Corbin, and Arizona ended a three-game losing streak by beating Chicago.
Along with being rivals, Baker and Bochy are friends. The good thing is he's young and strong.
"I think (starter Jeff Samardzija) said he tried to extend the knee a little bit and try to catch the corner of the bag, and I think he might've slipped on the top", Jones said.
Virginia was in the news Saturday for the racial unrest that took place. His second, he filled in for Matt Cain.