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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper drops appeal of one-game suspension

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper drops appeal of one-game suspension
Nationals right fielder Bryce Harpersigns autographs Saturday before a doubleheader against the Marlins. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper dropped his appeal and served his one-game suspension during the second game of the day-night doubleheader Saturday against Miami.

The team announced the outfielder's decision after he went 0 for 2 in Washington's 6-4 win in the opener.

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The reigning NL MVP was suspended and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection in the Nationals' 5-4 win over Detroit on Monday.

During the bottom of the ninth inning of that win, Harper was in the dugout when he was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Nationals batter Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes.

After the ejection, pinch-hitter Clint Robinson connected for a game-winning home run. Harper, who by rule should not have been in the dugout after getting tossed, ran onto the field with his teammates to celebrate, pointed toward Knight and cursed at the umpire.

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Cleveland returned outfielder Michael Brantley to the disabled list because of soreness and fatigue in his surgically repaired right shoulder. Brantley also missed the first 16 games this season. . . . Tampa Bay put second baseman Logan Forsythe on the DL after tests revealed a hairline fracture of his left shoulder blade, where he was hit by a pitch from Seattle's Felix Hernandez on May 10. . . . The Chicago Cubs activated catcher Miguel Montero, who'd been on the DL with lower back tightness. . . .

Washington picked up the contract option for General Manager Mike Rizzo, keeping him with the Nationals through the 2018 season. Terms were not disclosed. . . . St. Louis put right-hander Seth Maness on the DL because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder, a day after he was optioned to triple-A Memphis.

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