Harper back in Nationals lineup after benching

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dWashington Nationals’ Bryce Harper sits on the bench during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Washington. The Cardinals won 4-3. Harper was pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn’t hustle. Harper was taken out after six innings. The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play. But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

dWashington Nationals’ Bryce Harper sits on the bench during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Washington. The Cardinals won 4-3. Harper was pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn’t hustle. Harper was taken out after six innings. The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play. But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle.

Harper is scheduled to bat second in Washington’s lineup against the Cardinals.

In the sixth inning on Saturday, Harper hit a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out at first base. The two-time All-Star was replaced in left field the following inning.

Following the eventual 4-3 loss, Nationals first-year manager Matt Williams cited “lack of hustle,” for removing Harper. “That’s why he came out of the game,” Williams said. “He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times.”

On Saturday, Harper said after the game: “I respect what he did. That’s part of the game.”

Associated Press

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