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  1. Harper believes he and Papelbon can move on from fight

    Sep 28, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals lineup on Monday as punishment for his involvement in a fight with Jonathan Papelbon in the home dugout at Nats Park the day before. It is generally team policy that players who do not appear in games do not talk after them. But there Harper was, waiting at his…

  2. Rizzo gives his side of Papelbon/Harper punishments

    Sep 28, 2015, 7:44 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo further justified the Nationals’ decision to suspend Jonathan Papelbon four games and bench Bryce Harper one game Monday evening, citing the disparity in punishments between the two players as “equitable” given their roles in Sunday’s dugout fight. “You could see, by the type of discipline we placed on both players, which we thought…

  3. Nats 5, Reds 1: Scherzer takes no-hitter into 8th

    Sep 28, 2015, 5:42 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Given everything that has transpired over the last week — official elimination from the NL East race, the plunking of Manny Machado, the dugout brawl between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper — there seemed little reason to pay attention to what actually was going to take place on the field Monday…

  4. Why Harper was punished

    Sep 28, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT


    Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, the likely NL MVP when the 2015 season is over, took the brunt of an ugly altercation between he and closer Jonathan Papelbon, one in which Harper was grabbed by the throat and forced into the backwall of the team’s dugout on live television. He was physically assaulted, essentially, for all the…

  5. Williams takes responsibility for leaving Papelbon in game

    Sep 28, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams admitted fault for not recognizing the severity of Sunday’s dugout fracas between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper and for letting his now-suspended closer re-take the mound after the incident. “I take responsibility for that,” Williams said Monday afternoon. “I could have gotten more information in that regard. I could have gotten more specifics…

  6. UPDATED: Papelbon suspended for season, Harper punished

    Sep 28, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATED: 3:32 p.m. After meeting for hours behind closed doors in the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Monday, the Nats announced their punishment for Sunday’s ugly incident that involved closer Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper, the favorite to win NL MVP, in the dugout. Papelbon will not only drop his appeal of MLB’s three-games suspension…

  7. Game 156: Reds at Nats

    Sep 28, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, they’ll still be playing a ballgame here today. It’s the final home game of the season, and a bizarre one at that, considering it’s one game against the Reds, who had to fly into town just for this makeup after their July 8 game was rained out. It means nothing in the standings. And…

  8. Desmond savors what could be final home game with Nats

    Sep 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    For some, it was perhaps lost in the shuffle of what was an otherwise bizarre day at Nationals Park, but on Sunday afternoon there was a uniquely special moment for the Nats and their fans. In the ninth inning, with the Nats down big against the Phillies, Matt Williams removed Ian Desmond for rookie Trea Turner. Why was that…

  9. Ugly incident speaks to organization-wide problems

    Sep 28, 2015, 1:19 AM EDT


    Had Sunday afternoon’s dugout fracas at Nationals Park been a purely isolated incident, it might be easy to shrug it off as one of those unfortunate things that happens every once in awhile in sports. Teammates get into a heated argument, one goes after the other, everybody else rushes in to break it up. This…

  10. The Baseball Show: What should Nats do with Papelbon?

    Sep 28, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT

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    It has been hours since the Nationals’ game ended and the media left the clubhouse, and yet it is still hard for me to believe what happened. Who could have predicted the Nats season would take such a turn just one day after they were officially eliminated from the playoff race? There is still so…





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