Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals renew acquaintances on Saturday for the first time since reliever Hunter Strickland drilled superstar Bryce Harper in the hip with a 98-mph fastball that sparked a brawl in late May.

General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Sunday an MRI revealed that Harper does not have any ligament or tendon damage in his injured left knee, and the Nationals are optimistic he will return before the end of the season.

When Harper left the stadium, he was walking on his own power in the Nationals' clubhouse around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning after a 3-1 win by the Nationals over the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants and Nationals also had their Friday night game delayed.

Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is now tied for the Major League lead with 14 two-strike home runs this season and leads the MLB with 12 first-inning longballs. "I think it's best that he doesn't start", Baker said Thursday. Harper has been relatively healthy this season and missed just three days with mild groin soreness back in May. Andrew Stevenson replaced Harper in the team's lineup.

I felt 'crap' for hitting marshal: Koepka
At the par-5 10th hole, his first of the day, Koepka failed to convert a 4-footer for birdie and had to settle for an opening par. Charley Hoffman had the lone birdie on the 18th, and the only two birdies on the 17th belonged to Ernie Els and Tommy Fleetwood.

The ugly-looking scene itself unfolded when Harper attempted to leg out a ground ball in the first inning.

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington.

"Jackson was a little shaky early, had a lot of pitches, but settled down in the middle innings and took us to our pen and took us to the seventh", Manager Dusty Baker said. Despite many fans waiting out the delay, the stadium went eerily silent in the minutes after Harper's injury.

Nationals: OF Michael Taylor was activated from the 10-day DL after missing 29 games with a right oblique strain.

The Nationals are running away with the division despite those injuries and more to starters Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover and shortstop Trea Turner, but a long-term injury to Harper would be far more trouble to Washington's postseason hopes.

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