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Nats Journal: Bryce Harper continues to take smart at-bats

MIAMI — By now Bryce Harper’s improved plate discipline is old news. He walked again Friday night. He has done that 16 times now — most in the majors. The next step in the Harper’s offensive growth, according to his manager and others, is a willingness to take what opposing teams give him at the plate. Show More Summary

DC Sports Bog: Caps say D.C.’s sports trifecta is ‘good for the city, good for the fans’

Tuesday’s nearly unprecedented glut of D.C. sports success was noted online by players like Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Baker and Bryce Harper. And it was a topic of conversation in real life, too — inside the Caps dressing room, for example.Read full article >>

DC Sports Bog: Bryce Harper on D.C. sports trifecta: ‘Get on the boat now or never get on!’

Moments after the final second ticked off the clock in Toronto, where the Wizards completed the second part of Tuesday’s D.C. sports trifecta, my full attention turned to the Nationals.“If Bryce Harper hits a walk-off home run,” I thought, with the Nationals and Cardinals tied 1-1 in the 10th inning, “D.C. might explode.”Read full article >>

Here’s why the Nats’ Bryce Harper is suddenly drawing all these walks

The Nationals’ Bryce Harper is tied for the league lead in walks (12), with five of them intentional passes to first base. And it all starts on the first pitch.Pitchers aren’t getting the first strike on Harper as easily as they used...Show More Summary

Watch: Bryce Harper Hits 461 Foot Home Run Bomb

Bryce Harper not only hits bombs regularly, but he hits them further and faster than anyone we’ve seen in the MLB ranks in a while. This hit in pre-season had the web buzzing, but it pales in comparison to his most recent dinger to the tune of 461 feet. Arguably his longest ever. ‘In your […]

Nats Journal: Bryce Harper is drawing walks and getting intentionally walked — a lot

By now, you’ve heard Bryce Harper explain how he wants to be calmer at the plate, under the advice of Manager Matt Williams. “I’m trying to be quick, not as strong,” Harper aptly put it on Friday, after he smashed another home run. He doesn’t need to muscle up and “hit a ball 900 feet,” but he still hit one half that distance on Saturday. Show More Summary

With Span back and Strasburg sharp, Nationals look like they’d expected in 4-1 win

When Denard Span took center field Sunday afternoon, flanked by Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, the Nationals’ projected starting outfield materialized for the first time this year. When Span led off the bottom of the first, the top of the Nationals’ order took a more familiar shape. Read full article >>

Nats Journal: Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael A. Taylor to Syracuse

A week ago today, Bryce Harper was the only player projected to start in the Nationals outfield actually starting there. Jayson Werth and Denard Span were out with injuries, and the Nationals were filling in as best they could without them.Read full article >>

Bryce Harper Booms Longest Home Run of His Career vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Bryce Harper really liked this pitch from Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang. He really, really liked it. On a 3-1 count in the bottom of the fifth inning, Harper sent Harang's offering all the way over the center field fence and off the wall. Show More Summary

DC Sports Bog: Bryce Harper follows mammoth home run with another strong hair flip

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper crushed a fifth inning offering from Philadelphia’s Aaron Harang 461 feet for a game-tying homer in fifth inning of Saturday’s game at Nationals Park. You might say that Harper hit the hair off the ball, which just missed landing on the concourse to the right of the batter’s eye in straightaway center field.Read full article >>

Bryce Harper homers, Max Scherzer cruises as Nationals handle Phillies again, 7-2

Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu has a phrase he uses when right fielder Bryce Harper tries to do too much at the plate. Schu calls it “raging out at the ball,” and it often includes lots of motion from the lower half of Harper’s body that prevents his head from staying still. Solid contact rarely follows. Read full article >>

DC Sports Bog: Bryce Harper runs through stop sign, avoids TOOTBLAN

Ryan Zimmerman’s double in the sixth inning of the Nationals’ 5-2 win over the Phillies on Thursday could’ve resulted in Bryce Harper’s first TOOTBLAN of the young season. Instead, Harper’s run-until-they-tag-you aggressiveness on the base paths led to an insurance run.Read full article >>

Scherzer, Harper Power Nationals to 7-2 Win Over Phillies

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Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to get his first win with the Nationals and Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as Washington beat the reeling Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Friday night.

Introducing the Next Wave of MLB Superstars Currently in the Minors

Good morning and happy Kris Bryant Day. The arrival of generational stars Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Manny Machado in the major leagues during the 2012 season set a new standard for all future rookie classes. Yet, despite the lofty...Show More Summary

Nats Journal: Mookie Betts robs Bryce Harper of a homer with incredible catch

BOSTON — It wasn’t the play that decided Monday’s loss for the Washington Nationals. Easier plays — including some of those not made — helped do that. But Mookie Betts’s first-inning catch on what would have been a two-run home run for Bryce Harper stood out as one of the afternoon’s most enduring moments.Read full article >>

Betts, Ortiz Homer as Red Sox Win Home Opener 9-4 Over Nats

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Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer, took a two-run shot away from Bryce Harper with a flashy catch and stole two bases on the same pitch, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday in their home opener.

Watch Mookie Betts steal second base before stealing third in the same attempt

If there's anyone who knows how to kick off opening day right, apparently it's Mookie Betts. The Red Sox outfielder already stole a home run away from Bryce Harper before hitting one of his own. Now he's stealing bases - two at a time! One just wasn’t enough for @mookiebetts. Show More Summary

Red Sox Outfielder Mookie Betts Steals HR from Bryce Harper with Leaping Grab

The Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox are underway on this lovely spring Monday at Fenway Park, and the game has effectively turned into the Mookie Betts Show. The Red Sox outfielder notched his first SportsCenter moment of the game after snagging a high Bryce Harper shot destined to drop in into Boston's bullpen. Show More Summary

DC Sports Bog: Young Phillies fan refuses to throw back Bryce Harper home run ball

There may be hope for Phillies fans yet.Bryce Harper’s solo home run into the flowerbed beyond the left field fence at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday had fans scrambling for a souvenir.The gentleman circled above came up short in his quest for the first-inning home run ball, and it’s a good thing, because he had no intention of keeping it. Show More Summary

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