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Nationals’ Trea Turner triples to complete second cycle of 2017 season

Sale denied he was trying to hit Machado: “Whatever, man. Not losing sleep tonight,” he told reporters after the 5-2 win.

The Orioles-Red Sox rivalry has been full of tension since Machado’s controversial spikes-high slide into second base that injured Dustin Pedroia in April. Add in a fastball to Mookie Betts, a slow home run jog from Machado and racial epithets directed at Adam Jones on Monday, it’s easy to see the growing despise between the two sides.

Trea Turner made the most of the thin mountain air Tuesday to post a gaudy stat line, including the second cycle of the 2017 MLB season.

The Nationals’ sophomore speedster, assuming his rightful place as leadoff hitter, clobbered the Rockies to the tune of four hits and seven RBIs in a 15-12 win at Coors Field. Three of those runs came in the top of the seventh inning when Turner roped a line drive down the right field line for a bases-clearing triple, completing the first cycle of his young career and ninth in Nats franchise history.

The 23-year-old was off to a slow start to his second MLB season, in part due to a trip to the disabled list that cost him 10 games. He had been batting second in the Nats’ potent lineup in four games since his return, but Dusty Baker moved him back to the No. 1 slot to set off a spark.

It worked. Turner raised his average from .219 to .297 with the 4-for-6 performance.

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