Keepin’ It 100: Bryce Harper smashed his 100th major-league homer Thursday night in decidedly grand fashion, once again sending a Julio Teheran pitch 429 feet into the top decks of Nationals Park with three men on to make it a grand slam. Harper is the eighth-youngest player to reach the century mark, but he’s the only player to do so with a grand slam on his 100th, according to Elias Sports Bureau. [ESPN]
Here’s a supercut of all 100, courtesy of the folks at Major League Baseball:
Complete Game: Philadelphia pitcher Vince Velasquez was on fire Thursday afternoon, fanning 16 batters and allowing only three hits as the Phillies shut out the Padres, 3-0. [Phillies]
Run and Gun: Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar pulled off an extraordinary play of his own Thursday night, sliding into a beautiful fly ball catch and throwing to first base with enough time to make the double play.
The Purple People-Eater Returns Home: Minnesota defensive great Jared Allen signed a one-day contract on Thursday so he could officially retire as Viking. Though he’s a California native, Allen is a football icon in Minnesota, especially after his earth-shaking 2011 campaign. [Minnesota Vikings]
Speaking of Retirement: Percy Harvin has announced he is retiring from football at age 27, the Buffalo Bills receiver told team leadership, the NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported. Harvin, an electric dynamo with game-changing speed and agility, was frustrated with a nagging hip injury that landed him on the injured reserve last season. [NFL]