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Bryce Harper pulled after being hit in knee by pitch

August 5, 2018
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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper is checked by trainer Paul Lessard and manager Dave Martinez, right, after he was hit by a pitch during the sixth inning of the second baseball game of the team's doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled from a game after being hit by a pitch in the right knee.

Harper was struck in the sixth inning of Washington’s doubleheader nightcap against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night and was replaced defensively in the top of the seventh.

Reds reliever Austin Brice hit the All-Star outfielder with a curveball. Harper struggled initially to put weight on the leg, but eventually made his way to first base. He later took second on a wild pitch and came out to play right field in the seventh.

Mason Williams opened the seventh for Cincinnati with a double into the right-center gap. Harper chased after the ball but was clearly limited. He was then replaced by Adam Eaton.

Harper had two hits in the first game, extending his streak of four consecutive games with at least two hits, before going 0 for 3 in the nightcap. He is 8 for 17 (.470) with one home run and five RBIs during that five-game stretch.

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