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Nationals face Harper again tonight....Indians extend Francona...Kucherov leading NHL points race

April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Phillies are 4-0 for the first time since 1915, when they opened 8-0 en route to an NL pennant. Harper has been a driving force after signing a $330 million, 13-year deal, crushing his third homer in his first game at Washington since ending his seven-year tenure with the Nationals. The Nationals host the Phillies again tonight.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals shortstop Trea Turner will be out indefinitely after breaking his right index finger while trying to bunt. Standing at the plate in the first inning yesterday against Philadelphia, Turner squared to bunt versus Zach Elfin. The fastball hit the finger on his right hand, which was wrapped around the bat. Wilmer Difo replaced Turner and will assume the role of starter for the time being.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2022 season. He has just begun his seventh season with the Indians. Francona has led the Indians to three straight AL Central titles and they have had a winning record in each of his six seasons.

MIAMI (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom makes his second start this season for the Mets, this time facing the Marlins. DeGrom is seeking his 31st consecutive start allowing three runs or fewer, already a major league record, after striking out 10 in a thrilling matchup against Washington’s Max Scherzer on opening day. DeGrom is 4-6 against the Marlins, who have beaten him more than any other team.

UNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) is running away with the NHL’s points race, making him the leading contender for MVP. The Lightning have a shot at winning several other end-of-season honors, including goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sihl-EHV’-skee) and coach Jon Cooper.