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Bryce Harper Youngest to Hit Two Homers in Season Opener

Bryce Harper Youngest to Hit Two Homers in Season Opener

Harper already wowing fans in the Nationals' season opener. 

WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is the youngest major leaguer to homer twice in his team’s opening game of a season, delivering solo shots in his first two at-bats Monday.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Findlay Toyota Plans Bryce Harper Day

Findlay Toyota Plans Bryce Harper Day

Las Vegas High School baseball superstar and Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper will be at Findlay Toyota Friday for Bryce Harper Day at the dealership.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Harper will be at the dealership at 7733 Eastgate Road in Henderson to talk with fans and present a check to The Miracle League of Las Vegas. The night will also include food and a raffle to win autographed merchandise.

Harper was the number one draft pick and had a stellar year with the Washington Nationals.

Space is limited. Those who wish to attend should register at findlaytoyota.com

Harper, Trout Voted Rookies of the Year

Harper, Trout Voted Rookies of the Year

 

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals have been voted Rookies of the Year for their breakout seasons following late-April call-ups from the minor leagues.

   Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's AL panel and was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008.

   Harper got 16 of 32 first-place votes and 112 points from the NL panel. Arizona pitcher Wade Miley was second with 12 first-place votes and 105 points, followed by Cincinnati slugger Todd Frazier with three firsts and 45 points.

 

Harper Wins in the World of Trading Cards

Harper Wins in the World of Trading Cards

Las Vegas High School’s Bryce Harper is making a name for himself playing centerfield for the Washington Nationals.

The young star's power on the diamond is also pushing up the value of his trading cards. Stores that sell sports cards say most of the requests they are getting are for Harper’s rookie baseball card.

"We had some Bryce Harper rookie cards that we sold for $400 to $500," Johnny Hansen, the manager at Legacy Sports Cards, said.

Hansen says that Harper’s popularity is peaking. He says the value of the card is actually higher because of the hype.

"Hype even overshadows performance. Even if he hits 500 home runs, his stuff is not going to increase that much," Hansen said.

The card for Lebron James, who just helped the Miami Heat win the NBA championships, does not sell for as much as Harper.

Senator, Slugger Meet in Washington

Senator, Slugger Meet in Washington

A pair of famous Nevadans met and chatted Friday night in Washington, D.C.

Senator Harry Reid and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper spoke briefly on the field at Nationals Park before Washington's game against Philadelphia. Reid tweeted this photo and message after the encounter:

Excited to meet Bryce Harper, fellow Nevadan & great baseball talent. Hope to see him hit one out tonight #nationals

Harper, a Las Vegas native who attended Las Vegas High School and the College of Southern Nevada, went 0-for-3 with three walks in Friday's 4-3 victory against the Phillies.

Harper Moved up in the Lineup for Thursday's Game

 

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Well, that was quick: Teenager Bryce Harper already is hitting third for the Washington Nationals.

Nationals’ manager Davey Johnson moved Harper into the No. 3 spot in the batting order for Washington's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and pitcher Ian Kennedy on Thursday night.

It's only the fifth major league game for the 19-year-old Harper, an outfielder who's been hitting seventh since being called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. He took the roster spot vacated by usual No. 3 hitter Ryan Zimmerman, who went on the DL.

Harper was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft after finishing Las Vegas High School early, then spending one season as a catcher at the College of Southern Nevada. He enters Thursday with a .385 average, three doubles and two RBIs.

 

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)