"Bryce is a little tick off [with his swing]," Williams said. "We certainly want to get him going. He needs at-bats. Yesterday, I thought we would give him an opportunity to potentially get some good fastballs to hit if Denard [Span] got on. [Harper] is a little jumpy still. He continues to work on it. He'll be fine. He'll get it. It will come quickly."
With Harper hitting sixth, second baseman Anthony Rendon was moved back to the second spot in the order. Entering Saturday's action, Rendon was hitting .290 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 59 games hitting second this season.
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