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WASHINGTON -- Jean Seguras bid to break the Arizona Diamondbacks record for most hits in a season was slowed by a cramp. Matt Stajan Jersey .The second baseman left Arizonas 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday in the seventh inning, leaving him at 201 hits after getting a single in the third.His hit total is the second-highest by a player for a franchise that first played in 1998. Luis Gonzalez finished the following season with 206 hits.Segura said he was bothered by a cramp in his rib area on a drizzly day.Maybe the weather, maybe (being) that late in the year, Segura said. I think its going to be OK.He now has three games at home against the San Diego Padres to try to catch -- or surpass -- Gonzalez. Seguras previous career best was 173 hits, as an NL All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013.He didnt feel like it was anything of a pull, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. He just felt like he had kind of a cramp under his ribs. The trainers feel like hes OK, but well see tomorrow. You never know until you wake up tomorrow. But were hoping hes OK so he can continue his quest for Gonzos record.The Diamondbacks, last in the NL West and with nothing to play for other than individual statistics, had an even odder injury issue Thursday: Right fielder Yasmany Tomas was a late scratch from the starting lineup because of a stiff neck.Same kind of thing weve dealt with kind of all year on the road, Hale explained. Sometimes the hotel pillows get him.Wilmer Difo hit his first major league homer, and Pedro Severino his second, helping the injury-depleted NL East champion Nationals move closer to clinching home-field advantage in the Division Series.Second baseman Difo and catcher Severino, both rookies, were in the lineup instead of Daniel Murphy (last started 12 days ago) and Wilson Ramos (out for the season), respectively.Nationals starter Joe Ross, working his way back from a stay on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in four innings, throwing 90 pitches. Washington wants to stretch him out to be able to start at some point in the playoffs.Reliever Reynaldo Lopez (5-3) was credited with the win. He pitched 3 2/3 innings, letting up Socrates Britos two-run homer in the ninth before being lifted.Mark Melancon got the last two outs for his 45th save.RAY WRAPS UPArizona RHP Robbie Ray (8-15) allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings, including solo shots by Severino in the third and Difo in the fifth, along with Michael A. Taylors two-run single in the fourth. Not the way you want to finish a year, Ray said, but I feel like I made some pretty big strides this year with my breaking ball and I threw some really good changeups today, too.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: 2B Murphy (glute muscle) and RF Bryce Harper (left thumb) sat out again. Manager Dusty Baker said he expects to get Murphy back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Oct. 7. Murphy last began a game on Sept. 17.Harper, meanwhile, was out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive day, but mainly as a precaution on a wet day. Im still a little afraid. If he hits the ball solid, its not going to hurt. But if he gets rattled or hits one on the end or gets jammed on one, its going to send electric shocks through his body, Baker said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: Open a season-closing, three-game home series against the San Diego Padres, with RHP Braden Shipley (4-5, 5.26 ERA) starting for Arizona on Friday. The Diamondbacks and Padres are two of the four worst teams in the NL.Nationals: Their final regular-season series begins Friday against the visiting Miami Marlins. RHP A.J. Cole (1-2, 5.09) is slated to pitch for Washington, but he is waiting to hear the outcome of his appeal of a five-game suspension for throwing at a batter. TJ Brodie Jersey .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. Curtis Lazar Jersey . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . http:///...onroy-flames-jersey/ .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. NEW YORK -- When Steve Johnson walked into the US Open locker room Wednesday morning following his emotional comeback win over Evgeny Donskoy, Ryan Harrison was waiting to congratulate him, a great big grin plastered on his face.Much later that same day, Harrison, a qualifier at this tournament, completed a stunning upset of No. 5 seed Milos Raonic. The first person Harrison saw when he ambled into the locker room and dropped his bags was fellow countryman John Isner.Hes excited for me, Harrison later said of his ensuing conversation with Isner. Thats the good thing about all of us guys that are playing for America. We have pretty good relationships. I think the winning does become contagious.This particular influenza has been easily spread in the early days of the US Open. The lockers of Isner, Johnson, Harrison Jared Donaldson and Jack Sock are clustered so close that one can hardly open his door without whacking his buddy. All those players won their first-round matches, as did Donald Young. The sound of locker doors slamming was accompanied by high-fives all around. In all, seven men from the US survived opening matches.Former generations of US players couldnt afford or didnt indulge in a comparable degree of camaraderie. Instead of sitting down to share a meal, they would take the knife off the table and stick it in the other guys back. The stakes certainly were higher for rivals and perpetual Grand Slam winners such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, or John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. When their egos werent exploding, they might even have wished to experience the kind of bonhomie todays crop of mid-level pros share.Connors, for one, might denigrate the cozy relationships the present stable of US players enjoy. He habitually extolled the value of keeping his distance from all but the most obsequious of peers. But Connors was a sensation from the earliest days of his career.The U.S. players striving at this event have always relied on a little help from their friends. These players are not lone wolves, theyre a pack of coyotes working hard to survive in a harsh environment. Forget clichés about individual exceptionalism; the theme for the ruling generation of U.S. pros is the homily about a rising tide lifting all boats. In fact, these boats are banging into each other.Over the past few weeks, Isner and Johnson have been engaged in a spirited competition to hold the top ranking among Americans. At the moment, Isner is NNo. Joe Nieuwendyk Jersey. 21, Johnson No. 22 and Olympic gold medalist Sock is closing fast at No. 27. Twenty-eight-year-old Sam Querrey is in the mix as well.Harrison was ranked as high as No. 43 at the age of 20 in 2012, but he was down to No. 120 before this summers resurgence. He has been around for a while, but hes still very young, Isner said the other day, reminding us that Harrison was a legitimate prodigy who turned pro at 16. Hes figuring it out again.At 31, Isner is the elder statesman for a generation. But Johnson, 26, is a slow and steady learner while 23-year-old Sock has the most explosive game and perhaps the most long-term upside. Sock is already in the third round; his appetite is whetted by the pair of medals he brought home from the Rio Olympics. He took the gold with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in mixed doubles and partnered with Johnson to take the bronze medal in mens doubles.I feel like my tennis is right there to be playing in the second week, Sock said following his second-round win at Flushing Meadows. There was something about the Olympics. I feel like my attitude and mentality since [then] actually changed fairly drastically. Ive enjoyed being out there more. Not necessarily less pressure, but Im just having more fun out there.Sock and company had better enjoy these times while they can, because theres another, younger generation of talented American ready to sue for inclusion. That group is led by 18-year-old Taylor Fritz, whos already up to No. 53. Ironically, he drew Sock as his first-round opponent. It took Sock five sets and every tool in his kit to spritz Fritz.Also among the upstarts are 18-year-olds Francis Tiafoe and Jared Donaldson. Tiafoe had Isner on the ropes in the first round but let him slip away and win. Donaldson played a very smart match to eliminate No. 12 seed David Goffin. Also in that group, junior Grand Slam champions Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul.The younger Americans are making a splash, making names for themselves early, Sock said after beating Fritz. These guys are playing great tennis.No male American player has won the singles title here since 2003. But the emerging generation is jump-starting an abandoned conversation about when such a thing might happen again. 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