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Bryce Harper plays left field, goes 2-for-3 in Double-A debut

Jul 5, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

Bryce Harper AP

Batting sixth and playing an unfamiliar left field, Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Monday in his debut for Double-A Harrisburg.

The Senators ended up beating Erie 8-1 in front of a record crowd of 8,092.  The previous high crowd at Metro Bank Park was 8,078 for last year’s All-Star Game.

Harper hit third and played right field and center field for low Single-A Hagerstown prior to his promotion, so Monday was quite a change for him.  It was his first time in left field as a pro.

Harper, of course, immediately became the prospect on the Senators’ roster with his promotion, overtaking right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Derek Norris.  However, it was the other two who truly shined Monday.  Peacock pitched six scoreless innings for the win, striking out nine, and Norris hit his 11th and 12th homers of the season.

  1. mgflolox - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    I’m sure the Nats have a carefully planned timetable for Harper’s big-league debut, but if he proves that he’s good enough to play, he just might force the issue. The rules are the same for everybody, once you prove you’re better than the guy in front of you, you’re in there.

    • clydeserra - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      So, he has to prove he is better than Jayson Werth?

      Hey, I’ll be in DC later this month, you think I should buy a ticket on spec?

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    The how do you explain how Kyle Davies and Jeff Francis are starters in KC?

  3. hotkarlsandwich - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Still a D-bag

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