Bryce Harper shaves glorious beard, conspiracy theories ensue

Bryce Harper shaved his beard and looks like a new man.

The Nationals slugger revealed his fresh face before facing the Yankees Monday night, which got mixed reactions.

Brady was not made available to the media following practice. Coach Bill Belichick said he wasn’t bothered by either player’s decision to miss OTAs, saying, It’s a voluntary program. So that’s what it is.

I don’t care what he did … how he used to act, that’s over with, the seventh-year pro said. I keep telling him he can be just as good as he wants to be, if not great.

Though Eli Manning had three of his passes tipped at the line of scrimmage Wednesday during team drills, first-year offensive coordinator Mike Shula said he has been impressed by the 37-year-old.

Whatever he lacks maybe because he is a little bit older, he makes up because of his mind being so fast, Shula said.

Shula also said Davis Webb has taken some big strides, while noting a nice calmness from rookie Kyle Lauletta.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) and safety Landon Collins (forearm) continued to take individual reps, but did not participate in team drills.

Ian Happ opened the scoring for Chicago with a solo home run in the third and Cubs star Kris Bryant snapped a long homerless drought with a deep drive to left-center field three batters later. Chicago led the rest of the way.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha surrendered nine runs, eight earned, in four innings on the mound. Jon Lester threw six innings and allowed two runs for Chicago.

The win moved the Cubs to 39-27 on the year while the Cardinals fall to 36-31.

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed eight runs, four earned, in just 3 1/3 innings on the mound in a 13-2 loss to the Brewers.

The Reds lineup went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position in their 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Cincinnati left 10 runners on base in the game.

Nationals (37-29) at Blue Jays (31-38) Washington starter Max Scherzer will look to continue building his Cy Young resume Saturday against Toronto. Scherzer has registered a 10-2 record and a 2.00 ERA in a NL-high 94 2/3 innings pitched this season. Scherzer has thrown at least six innings in his last 12 starts. Marco Estrada (3-6, 5.09 ERA) will take the mound for the Blue Jays. Toronto won the series opener Friday 6-5.

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