Sports: Bryce Harper makes much-anticipated MLB debut


Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who was once known as the LeBron James of baseball, made his Major League debut on Saturday evening against the Dodgers, and after doubling to center in his third at-bat for his first big league hit, he drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left field in the ninth.

Harper grounded out in his first at-bat against Billingsley, in the second inning. With the count two balls and one strike, Harper grounded out to the pitcher to end the top of the frame.



Harper came to bat again with a man on first and one out in the top of the fifth, and worked the count to 2-1 before flying out to left fielder Tony Gwynn Jr.

Harper found himself in a full count in his third time facing Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley, and hit a double over Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.

Harper's first fielding opportunity was a success, as he caught Jerry Hairston's fly ball to left for the second out in the second.

Harper is on Washington's 25-man roster because third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Harper will be the everyday left fielder, and he batted seventh in the lineup Saturday.


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