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Madison Bumgarner

Harper uses patriotic themed bat, homers to help Nats win

Seems like every bat Bryce Harper uses this season provides fireworks for the Washington Nationals. The patriotic version he used on July 4 against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants was no exception. Harper homered, Tyler Moore drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday despite Stephen Strasburg exiting in the fourth inning with tightness in his left side. The bat was painted blue with white stars. It was also illustrated with the American flag and a silhouette of the D.C. skyline, including the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument — all in navy blue and white. "I had it in the back. I...