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Nationals give Harper 'mental day off'

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WASHINGTON (AP) Slumping Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is out of the starting lineup for Washington's rubber game Wednesday against the New York Mets.

With Harper batting a season-low .246 and struggling since mid-April, manager Dusty Baker said he wanted the 23-year-old to take a "mental day off."

That includes sitting out against the Mets, at least early, as well as any work in the batting cage.

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