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Sport Bryce Harper injured in Giants-Nationals opener

07:01  13 august  2017
07:01  13 august  2017 Source:   sfgate.com

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Friday’s scheduled opener was postponed because of rain, so the first pitch of the series, Edwin Jackson to Denard Span, was delivered 27 12: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals on the ground in pain after injuring his leg in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at

Bryce Harper injured his left knee after slipping a wet first base while running out a grounder early in the Nationals ' 3-1 victory over the Giants .

WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper, the best all-around player in the National League and the main force in the Washington Nationals’ pursuit of their first World Series title, was carried off the field Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury.

Harper was running out a first-inning grounder to Giants first baseman Ryder Jones and stretched with his left leg to the bag, only to slip on the slick surface and collapse, his leg hyperextending and his foot sliding onto the dirt.

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Bryce Harper Washington Nationals ' Bryce Harper grabs his knee after he was injured running to first during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants , Saturday, Aug.

Harper went airborne and landed on his hands and immediately clutched his knee as fans at Nationals Park held their collective breath. Harper needed help getting up and was carried off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard, the Nationals’ postseason hopes resting largely on the All-Star right fielder.

The base was slippery following a 3-hour, 1-minute rain delay. Friday’s scheduled opener was postponed because of rain, so the first pitch of the series, Edwin Jackson to Denard Span, was delivered 27 hours late.

Jones beat Harper to the base, and pitcher Jeff Samardzija lunged out of the way at the last moment to avoid contact. The Nationals scored two quick runs after Harper departed on Ryan Zimmerman’s double and Daniel Murphy’s single.

Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury

  Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury Bryce Harper has left the Washington Nationals' game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent left knee injury. While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning Friday night, Harper stepped on first base, avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and fell to the ground. Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers.Harper put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and head athletic trainer Paul Lessard.Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is hitting .

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Bryce Harper clutched at his left knee after slipping on first base, the stadium went silent and Dusty Baker feared the worst. But the uncertainty over Harper 's injury overshadowed the Washington Nationals ' 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper injured his left knee when he slipped on a wet first base, a potentially devastating blow to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals . Box score: nationals 3, giants 1.

The Giants scored in the top of the first on Joe Panik’s home run.

In the second inning, center fielder Brian Goodwin took Harper’s spot in right and Andrew Stevenson entered to play center. Harper has a .326 average with 26 homers and 81 RBIs.

It’s the first series between the teams since the May 29 brawl in San Francisco between Harper and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. Both players were suspended, Strickland for six games and Harper for three.

John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: jshea@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

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