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Rizzo: Soriano Needs to Speak With Harper ‘Face to Face’

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Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox in the top of the ninth inning during a game at Nationals Park on April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox in the top of the ninth inning during a game at Nationals Park on April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - “They have the right to be frustrated. I’m frustrated. The players are frustrated. The manager’s frustrated,” GM Mike Rizzo said of Nats fans, well aware of his team’s .500 record 46 games through the season.

What he wasn’t aware of were the comments made by closer Rafael Soriano after the game, directed at Harper, who let the game tying run in by allowing an RBI triple to sail over his head, with two outs in the bottom of the 9th.

“With two outs and the tying run at first, you have to play the outfield so the ball doesn’t go over your head,” Soriano told USA Today, which he insists was supposed to be off the record. “It may not have been a catchable ball, but if we’re positioned the right way, there might have been a different outcome. With two outs, I could tell my four-year-old son ‘You know where you need to play’ and he would go to the right spot to make the play.”

Pablo Sandoval ended it in the 10th, with his two-run walk-off to close the game 4-2 for the Giants.

“I put that whole loss on me,” Harper said afterwards.

“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Wednesday. “Rafi is an extremely competitive guy and usually he’s an extremely upfront guy, so I would think that if he had those things to say to Harp, he would have pulled Harp aside, or Tony Tarasco aside – who implements the outfield defense – and made his case to them, instead of to the newspapers.”

“But if there’s something that is amiss, and there’s some issues with it, they should get together and discuss it face-to-face,” Rizzo continued. “That’s how I like to attack any issues that I have.”

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