Posted: Monday April 1, 2013 2:00 PM

Harper 2nd youngest with HR in 1st game of season

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper has become the second-youngest major leaguer to homer in his team's first game of a season.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year, who is 20, drove a pitch from Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center in the first inning Monday.

At 20 years, 167 days old, Harper ranks behind only Tony Conigliaro, who was 20 years, 95 days old when he homered for the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 on April 12, 1965, according to STATS LLC.

Harper was 19 when he was called up to the majors by the Nationals in April 2012, turning in one of the finest seasons by a teenager in baseball history. He finished with 22 homers, 59 RBIs and 98 runs scored.
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