- - Friday, April 13, 2018

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the National League MVP in 2015, many times throws his hair back after making a catch or when his helmet comes off after running the bases.

Not only is Harper an All-Star on the field, but he has all-star hair.

The Nationals slugger has signed an endorsement with Blind Barber, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.

Blind Barber is “a network of six barbershops where customers can get a cut, have a drink and buy one of the brand’s variety of hair care products for retail,” according to Rovell.

Harper and his hair will be a free agent after this season.



Congressman to throw out first pitch

Congressman John Lewis will throw out the first pitch Sunday at Nationals Park on Jackie Robinson Day.

It will mark the 71st anniversary of the Major League debut for Robinson, who broke the color barrier while with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

All players and coaches will wear No. 42 around the majors Sunday to honor Robinson. Lewis is a civil rights pioneer and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who has been in Congress for more than 30 years.

Lewis represents Georgia, the state where Robinson was born in 1919 before moving to California the next year with his family.

Nationals sign U.Va. product Reynolds

The Nationals have signed MLB veteran Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract, according to published reports.

The right-handed slugger, who was teammates at the University of Virginia with Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, has mostly played first base in the latter years of his pro career.

Reynolds was born in Kentucky but went to high school in the Tidewater area of Virginia at First Colonial in Virginia Beach.

He hit 30 homers last season for the Colorado Rockies, who are in Washington this weekend for a series with the Nationals. Reynolds was teammates last year in Denver with Ian Desmond, the former longtime Nationals shortstop.

No stranger to D.C.

Rockies manager Bud Black, a former Major Leaguer, grew up in Washington state and lived several years in California as a player and pitching coach.

But the former lefty hurler is no stranger to the D.C. area.

His daughter, Jessie, who grew up in California, is a former gymnast at the University of Maryland. Black and his wife made several trips to College Park while she was in school there.

No place like home?

Washington right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark takes the mound Friday night to face the Rockies in the second game of the four-game series. He is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA so far this year.

The Nationals (6-7) have lost five of their first seven games at Nationals Park this year and the crowds have been less than impressive. That may be partly due to the cold weather that broke Thursday, when the crowd was announced at 24,213.

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