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CHICAGO (AP) — in his career against Cubs ace Jon Lester until Saturday.The veteran slugger turned around that matchup in a big way.Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs Cal Ripken Jersey , sending the Washington Nationals over Chicago 9-4.“I think he made some mistakes over the middle of the plate,” Zimmerman said. “Usually he’s really good, against righties at least, bringing that cutter in off the plate and working both sides of the plate.”“He just made a couple of mistakes over the middle. Other than that, he threw the ball pretty well. But I thought we did a good job of waiting. When he made those mistakes, we took advantage of it.”Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, had a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third and chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.The righty-swinging Zimmerman had just two hits in 16 at-bats against the left-hander until breaking loose. Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is winless in his last five starts for the NL Central leaders, going 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA during that span.Both manager Joe Maddon and Lester insist there’s nothing physically ailing the All-Star.“I gave up 10 hits today and nine were on my fastball, so I guess I’m just in this rut right now,” Lester said. “I probably felt like that was some of the better stuff I had in the last couple of starts, and that was the outcome.”After Lester retired the first two batters of the game, Bryce Harper singled and Zimmerman homered to center.Washington broke it open with six runs in the fourth. Murphy had a two-run homer, Trea Turner drove in a run with a single and Zimmerman capped the burst with his ninth home run.“If we can get him going http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authen ... ndy-jersey , continuing to get him going the way he’s doing right now,” manager Dave Martinez said of Zimmerman, “that’s going to be a huge addition.”FRIENDLY CONFINESRoark allowed two runs on nine hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over 29 2/3 innings during the four-start winning streak.The native of Wilmington — about 60 miles south of Wrigley Field — is 4-0 with 2.74 ERA in his last five starts against the Cubs, and has a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts in Chicago.“I have a lot of family that come out and support me, which is great,” he said. “I hear people yelling my name when I walk on or walk off the field.”MR. 1,000Anthony Rizzo got his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single. All but the first 18, which he got for San Diego, have come in a Cubs uniform.“I’m fortunate to pretty much have been healthy my entire career so far, so obviously it’s a nice milestone,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in neck) threw a 64-pitch bullpen on Saturday and said that he “felt really good.” He’s scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. If all goes well in that, a rehab start likely will be the next step. “We want to make sure when he does get back Jim Palmer Jersey , he’s going to pitch every five days,” Martinez said.Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) took ground balls and a few swings on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his return . RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) likely will throw a live BP session on Sunday.UP NEXTNationals RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) will try to become the majors’ first 16-game winner in the finale of the series on Sunday night. Scherzer also leads the majors in strikeouts with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.38) makes his third start with the Cubs. He has allowed just one earned in 11 innings during the first two starts. After losing the World Series for the second consecutive year in 2018, the Los Angeles Dodgers' first offseason priority was to retain Clayton Kershaw.Forget his postseason hiccups and the back and biceps injuries that have recently hampered him. Kershaw is the face of the Dodgers and the greatest pitcher of his generation. With a player opt-out looming, L.A. had no choice but to re-up its ace.Hence the three-year, $93 million extension Kershaw inked with Los Angeles.The Dodgers' work isn't done, however; it's merely beginning.Keeping Kershaw in the fold was the first step for a club in unambiguous win-now mode.The next step? Sign Bryce Harper.Along with Manny Machado, Harper headlines the lauded, gaudy 2018-19 free-agent class. The Dodgers acquired Machado at the '18 non-waiver trade deadline and could bring him back.There are a couple of problems with that.First, Los Angeles is set on the left side of the infield with third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager, who is on track to return from Tommy John surgery.Second, Machado's production dipped with the Dodgers. He posted a .963 OPS with the Baltimore Orioles compared to an .825 OPS with Los Angeles. More damningly http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authen ... mbo-jersey , he slashed.227/.278/.394 in the postseason and exhibiteddubious hustle.Harper, meanwhile, hit 34 home runs and tallied 100 RBI with the Washington Nationals. Yes, his OPS slid from 1.008 in 2017 to .889 in 2018 and the Nats missed the playoffs. He's an immense talent, however, whose brash personality is built for the Southern California spotlight.Imagine Harper's "make baseball fun again" antics married to the glitz of Hollywood. It's a match made in headline-grabbing heaven.Andrew Harnik/Associated PressTechnically, Los Angeles is covered in the outfield with the mix of Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez.That said, the Dodgers are all but obligated to make a seismic splash this winter. Their title drought surpassed the three-decade mark. Tinkering with the roster won't cut it.Harper, backed by superagent Scott Boras, will seek a contract larger than the record $325 million deal Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami Marlins in November 2014.He's also a six-time All-Star who won National League MVP honors in 2015 and celebrated his 26th birthday on October 16.As Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times noted:"The Dodgers again have to embrace the responsibility that comes with playing in this market. They can't use the luxury-tax threshold as an excuse anymore. They have to reinvest the money they are earning from their disastrous but nonetheless lucrative television contract Chris Tillman Jersey , as well as the sales of tickets that continue to escalate in price. They should absolutely pursue Harper, who is not only the most talented free agent of his generation but also a personality capable of representing the franchise."It's a fair point. The Dodgers have positioned themselves as MLB's big, bad bullies. They throw money around like so much presumptive confetti. Simply winning the division and crossing their fingers aren't enough.L.A. has to go big. It doesn't get bigger than Harper.With Kershaw locked in, this is the next logical move. It carries risk. It'll rile up the haters. Really, though, that's the point. And, if you believe ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the Dodgers might need to sign Harper to keep him away from the archrival San Francisco Giants.Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated PressClose your eyes and picture Harper and Puig in a bat-flipping contest. Picture Harper flipping his hair in Dodger blue."Who comes to L.A.?" former Dodger Steve Garvey said, per Hernandez. "The big stars. LeBron's here. L.A. has the best path for the remainder of his career. He can make a difference with his personality and who he is."It makes too much sense.Make it happen, Dodgers.All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.