SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 26: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals walks off the field after grounding out for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on April 26, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 2-1. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Phillies Vs: Nationals: Washington Loses Finale, 9-3; Jayson Werth Suffers Broken Wrist

According to Nats manager Davey Johnson, the former Phillie broke his left wrist diving for a ball in the sixth inning.

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Cole Hamels, Bryce Harper, And Baseball's Kabuki Theater

While Bryce Haper played the Cole Hamels incident cool, the Phillies pitcher earned a five-game suspension for breaking the fourth wall.

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Phillies P Cole Hamels Suspended 5 Game For Hitting Nationals OF Bryce Harper

Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for five games. Hamels is being suspended for intentionally hitting Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in a Sunday night win. The suspension translates to one missed turn in the rotation for Hamels.

Hamels might not even miss a start, thanks to an off day on Thursday. Matt Gelb from the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out that if Hamels started his suspension on Monday, Roy Halladay could pitch Saturday on regular rest.

The Phillies will not appeal the suspension, according to Howard Eskin of 94 WIP radio in Philadelphia.

The incident happened in the first inning of Sunday's game. Hamels beaned Harper on the first pitch of his at bat. The pitcher later copped to the intentional hit, but the reasons for it remain vague. Harper stole home after getting on base thanks to Hamels.

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Mike Rizzo Calls Cole Hamels 'Gutless' For Hitting Bryce Harper, Calls For Suspension

Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper with the first pitch he threw him on Sunday Night, then later admitted that he had done so intentionally. He claims that it was an old school baseball act, and that he was just trying to send a message. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Mike Rizzo disagrees. And he does so vehemently.

"Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with."

It's pretty surprising to hear the GM of a team use that kind of verbiage to talk about another player, but then again, Hamels was throwing intentionally at Bryce Harper, one of the most important players in the Nationals organization. Rizzo continues.

"This goes beyond rivalry and all that stuff," Rizzo said. "This points to, you take the youngest guiy in baseball. He’s never done a thing. And then Hamels patted himself on the back. Harper’s old school. Hitting him on the back, that ain’t old school. That’s [bleeoping] chicken [bleep]."

He also mentions that Bryce Harper plays old school, and that his response was a throwback to the way the game used to be played, not Hamels instigating act. In fact, I'm not really sure what message Hamels was trying to send to Harper by hitting him. Wouldn't a better message have been striking Harper out (like Stephen Strasburg did to Matt Kemp in Los Angeles last weekend)? Maybe he didn't think he could.

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Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels Admits Hitting Bryce Harper Was Intentional

The Nationals were on ESPN on Sunday night in the biggest stage they've played on in quite some time. When Bryce Harper, the reason a lot of people were likely watching, got hit in the first inning on the first pitch of his first at bat, it certainly looked intentional. Well, we don't have to assume any longer. Here is Cole Hamels admitting that he intentionally hit Harper, from Baseball Nation.

"I'm not going to injure a guy. They're probably not going to like me for it but I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't trying to do it. I think they understood the message and they threw it right back. That's the way, and I respect it. They can say whatever they want."

It's one thing to intentionally hit a guy, that happens all the time. But the thing about the unwritten rules about Baseball is that they are unwritten. They are also not spoken. Hamels might be hearing from the Commisioner on this one, because it really isn't acceptable to admit that you hit a guy on purpose.

With Hamels coming out and saying that he threw at the Nationals phenom, Harper looks even better than he did last night. Harper took the hit in stride and quietly went to first base. He then stole home moments later, because the best revenge really is living well. Maybe the whole thing really is a sign of respect for Harper and the Nationals.

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Jayson Werth Injury: Nationals Outfielder Suffers Broken Left Wrist, According To Report

The worst news for Jayson Werth and his injured left wrist has been confirmed.

After leaving the game in the top of the sixth inning, reports began to surface after the Philles and Nats went final that Werth had indeed suffered a broken wrist. Kevin Jones of WUSA9 tweeted this:

Werth dove for a ball that was hit by Philadelphia's Placido Polanco and after making the catch, his left wrist turned and bent awkwardly underneath him. He was clearly unable to make the play and left the game immediately afterwards.

The timetable for how long he will be out is uncertain at this time, but the best guess is that Werth will be out for at least six weeks.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Final: Philadelphia Avoids The Series Sweep Against Washington

The Philadelphia Phillies avoided being swept by the Washington Nationals Sunday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. after a dominating ninth inning performance.

The Phillies went into the final inning with a slim 3-1 lead, but put the game completely out of reach by scoring six runs in the top of the ninth. Juan Pierre his an RBI single that scored Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino hit a triple that scored the aforementioned Pierre, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer to left field and Freddy Galvis hit an RBI single that scored Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco.

The Nats did manage to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wouldn't be enough.

Philadelphia registered 13 hits in the ball game while Washington had eight while also leaving as many men on base and going two for five with runners in scoring position.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Jayson Werth Leaves With Injured Wrist (VIDEO)

Already missing Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche, the Nationals lost another big piece of their line-up in the top of the sixth inning of Sunday night's game.

In the top of the sixth inning, with Washington trailing, 3-1, Werth dove headfirst for a ball hit by Placido Polanco. As a result of the dive and contact with the ground, Werth's glove and left hand twisted around. The right fielder left the game immediately and was replaced by Xavier Nady.

Washington currently trails Philadelphia, 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals Score Update: Philadelphia Leads Washington, 3-1 After Five Innings

The Washington Nationals are going for a series sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at Nationals Park but so far, the Nats find themselves down 3-1 after five innings of play.

Bryce Harper stole home in the bottom of the first with Chad Tracy at the plate, but that's the only offense Washington has been able to muster thus far.

Philadelphia took the lead on a two-run homer by Hunter Pence that scored Shane Victorino in the top of the third inning and Placido Polanco registered an RBI single that scored Laynce Nix in the same inning.

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VIDEO: Bryce Harper Steals Home Against Phillies

Bryce Harper made Cole Hamels pay for hitting him in the back by stealing home in the bottom of the first inning to put the Washington Nationals ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Sunday night.

With two outs and nobody on, Hamels drilled Harper between the numbers with the first pitch he threw to the 19-year-old. Harper went first-to-third on a single by Jayson Werth, then stole home when Hamels attempted to pick off the former Phillie at first. Laynce Nix's throw was high and Harper slid safely under the tag of Carlos Ruiz to electrify the Nationals Park crowd.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Lineups For Sunday's Game

The Washington Nationals look to cement their place atop the NL East standings, as they go for the sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday night in a nationally televised contest. Here are the lineups for tonight's game.

Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins - 6

Juan Pierre - 7

Shane Victorino - 8

Hunter Pence - 9

Laynce Nix - 3

Carlos Ruiz - 2

Placido Polanco - 5

Pete Orr - 4

Cole Hamels - 1

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Washington Nationals

Ian Desmond - 6

Steve Lombardozzi - 5

Bryce Harper - 7

Jayson Werth - 9

Chad Tracy - 3

Danny Espinosa - 4

Rick Ankiel - 8

Wilson Ramos - 2

Jordan Zimmermann - 1

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Preview: Does Washington Have Enough 'Natitude' For The Sweep?

The red hot Washington Nationals take their new found Natitude to national television on Sunday night. They will be looking to complete a three-game sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies, a team whose fans used to dominate the crowd at Nationals' games in DC.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmerman gets the start for Washington. Zimmerman surrendered three earned runs to Arizona over six and a third innings in his last outing, a loss, but he did manage to strike out six batters and walk just one.

Washington's offense exploded for seven runs on Saturday, but the bats will have their work cut out for them against Cole Hamels for the third game of the series. The Phillies' lefty is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA in five starts this season. More impressive is that Hamels has fanned 36 batters and walked a mere five in 32 innings. Hamels is 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 20 career starts against Washington.

The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, and can be seen nationally on ESPN.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals: Washington Wins Big Over Philadelphia

The Washington Nationals Thumped the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at Washington Park by a final score of 7-1.

After scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Nats broke the game open scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and two more in the bottom of the seventh inning. Philadelphia would be unable to counter scoring their lone run in the top of the fourth inning.

For Washington, Gio Gonzalez is the winning pitcher, bringing his record to 3-1 on the season and for Philadelphia, Vance Worley gets the loss bringing him to 2-2 this year.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals Score Update: Washington Leads Philadelphia 4-1 After Five Innings

The Washington Nationals lead the Philadelphia Philles by a score of 4-1 through 5 innings.

Philadelphia scored on a Carlos Ruiz sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Shane Victorino in the top of the fourth inning. The Phliies have three hits in the ball game so far.

Washington hadn't had much luck at the plate until the bottom of the fifth inning when Jayson Werth belted a three run blast that scored Gio Gonzalez and Steve Lombardozzi and gave the Nats the lead. Rick Ankiel then hit a double to right field that scored Chad Tracy but Danny Espinosa was called out at home plate trying to score on Ankiel's double as well.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals: Washington Looks To Continue Their Winning Ways

Wilson Ramos' walk-off, pinch-hit single last night at Nationals Park to secure the win over the Philadelphia Phillies was an exciting contest to say the least.

The Nats were down 3-1 in the sixth inning and cut the lead to 3-2 on a sacrifice fly, they then tied the score at 3-3 on an RBI double in the eighth. In the bottom of the 11th inning they were down to their last out before Ramos' heroics secured the victory.

The series resumes this afternoon at 1:05 P.M. EST and the Nats will look to go up 2-0 in the series over Philadelphia.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals: Wilson Ramos Wins It For Washington In 11th Inning

Wilson Ramos delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3 at Nationals Park Friday evening.

The Nationals game-winning rally began with two outs as Stephen Lombardozzi singled off Michael Schwimer, who walked Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth to set up Ramos' heroics.

Ryan Perry recorded a 1-2-3 11th inning to record his first win of the season.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals: Washington Rallies To Force Extra Innings

The Washington Nationals scored single runs in the sixth and eighth innings to tie the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-3 at Nationals Park.

Entering the bottom of the sixth behind, 3-1, Washington cut their deficit to 3-2 on a Jesus Flores sacrifice fly. The Nationals had a chance to tie the game right then, but the inning ended with Rick Ankiel being tagged out rounding third after a mix-up with base coach Bo Porter.

In the eighth inning, Flores came up big again, as his blooped RBI double scored Chad Tracy to tie the game at 3-3. Again, the Nationals had a chance to take their first lead of the night, but Chad Qualls retired Ian Desmond and Stephen Lombardozzi to preserve the tie.

We'll have plenty more on the series throughout the weekend on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout head over to The Good Phight, SB Nation's Philadelphia Phillies blog. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Two Home Runs Give Philadelphia 3-1 Sixth-Inning Lead

Home runs by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz have given the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-1 lead over the Washington Nationals after six innings at Nationals Park.

After getting through the first three innings without allowing a hit, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed a single to Juan Pierre in the fourth inning. One batter later, Pence sent a Strasburg curveball into the red seats in deep left-center field.

The Nationals got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, when Chad Tracy golfed a solo home run into the Nationals bullpen off of Kyle Kendrick. But Ruiz answered in the top of the fifth by planting a Strasburg fastball beyond the center-field wall.

Pence's home run was the first Strasburg had given up since August 15, 2010.

We'll have plenty more on the series throughout the weekend on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout head over to The Good Phight, SB Nation's Philadelphia Phillies blog. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals: Lineups For Friday's Game

The Washington Nationals look to retain their lead in the NL East, however their task will not be easy as they begin a key series against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night. Here are the lineups for Friday night's.

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins- 6

Juan Pierre- 7

Placido Polanco- 5

Hunter Pence- 9

Shane Victorino- 8

Laynce Nix- 3

Carlos Ruiz- 2

Pete Orr- 4

Kyle Kendrick- 1

Nationals

Ian Desmond- 6

Steve Lombardozzi- 5

Bryce Harper- 7

Jayson Werth- 9

Chad Tracy- 3

Danny Espinosa- 4

Rick Ankiel- 8

Jesus Flores- 2

Stephen Strasburg- 1

We'll have plenty more on the series throughout the weekend on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout head over to The Good Phight, SB Nation's Philadelphia Phillies blog. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Phillies Vs: Nationals: Washington Hosts Division Rivals In Much-Anticipated Series

Bryce Harper has been a revelation since coming up from the Minors, can he continue his solid all around play against the Phillies?

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