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Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper sits out second straight game

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was out of the lineup Tuesday night for the second straight game due to neck stiffness.

Harper left Saturday’s game against the Giants early and then sat out Sunday’s series finale.

“It’s the same thing. We were hoping that these couple days (would help),” manager Dusty Baker said as the Nationals prepared to open a two-game set against the Cleveland Indians.

“He’s been getting worked on and stuff. Anybody that’s had a stiff neck realizes how tough that is, especially to swing. He’s on a day-to-day basis.”

The reigning National League MVP, Harper is hitting .233 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs.

Chris Heisey was slated to get the start in right.