Bryce Harper knows how to read the unwritten rules Washington Nationals Bryce Harper has gained much attention in his rookie year. / H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Bryce Harper already had six hits, several highlight-reel catches and throws plus enough publicity to make a Hollywood heartthrob envious, but he wasn't a true big leaguer until Sunday night. Cole Hamels, Bryce Harper accelerate budding Phillies-Nationals rivalry Once a National League doormat, the Washington Nationals are suddenly one of the most exciting teams in baseball. A confluence of events — most recently the call-up of 19-year-old prospect Bryce Harper — have helped the Nats overcome a slew of key injuries and grab hold of first place in the National League East. But every good team needs a good rivalry to fuel the competitive fire during the ... Is there anything Bryce Harper can't do? In the eight games Nationals fans have gotten to see Bryce Harper , they've seen an array of plays. And before a national audience on Sunday night against a division rival, he added more. He stole home in the first inning after being plunked in the backside . He was the only National player to solve Phillies starter Cole Hamels, notching two hits off of him. He stretched a soft single to left ... Bryce Harper Will Hit Second as Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche Return to Lineup Bryce Harper has hit seventh and third in the order since being called up just over a week ago, and now he'll get to add another spot in the order to his resume. With Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche returning tonight from injuries, Harper will hit second in the order behind Ian Desmond. He will be followed by Zimmerman and LaRoche, respectively. LaRoche was never placed on the disabled list, so ... Bryce Harper, talking playoffs and old school Bryce Harper wasn't yet a big leaguer when all the Nats started talking playoffs earlier this spring, so he never got to take a swig of that water. Well, consider the water swigged. Or swagged, maybe. Here is Harper, talking to MLB.com's Bill Ladson on Sunday: Read full article >> Bryce Harper: Nationals Phenom's Response to Hamels' Plunk Adds to Mystique Bryce Harper has only played eight games in the major leagues, but he has already left an indelible impression. On Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper made a true ace in Cole Hamels look silly. After being intentionally plunked by Hamels in the first inning, Harper calmly stretched his back, proceeded over to first base, advanced to third on a single...and then stole home against ... Bryce Harper: Phenom Is Already Pissing People off and Just Might Save Baseball Bryce Harper is pissing off players, stealing home and causing scandals, all while locking down a permanent job in the Nationals' outfield. Yes, I guess you can say I am excited for what is to come. It's time to wake up Bud Selig from whatever hammock he might be sleeping in to alert him to the fact that there has never been a better time to market specific players. The NBA received the memo ... Phillies hurler Cole Hamels chose the wrong pitch to initiate rookie phenom Bryce Harper Cole Hamels tried to teach Bryce Harper a lesson by hitting him in the back, but he only managed to look small doing so. Bryce Harper steals home after Cole Hamels hits him with a pitch, Nationals take lead over Phillies Among the varied and dazzling things Bryce Harper has done in the first eight games of his career, we can now add a steal of home — a stunning play that may have carried with it a message at the opposing pitcher, Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Read full article >> Nobody Gets Away with Beaning Bryce Harper; The Mannings Belong to Reebok Today in sports: Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper is unbeanable, according to his GM, the Bountygate appeals are in, and the Manning brothers stick with Reebok.
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