Posted: Monday April 1, 2013 2:24 PM

Harper youngest with 2 HRs in 1st game of season

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year, who is 20, drove a pitch from Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center in the first inning. Harper's second homer sailed a little to the right of that in the fourth inning.

That first homer made Harper the second-youngest player to go deep in his team's first game. 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.

Don Money was 21 years, 305 days old on April 8, 1969, when he hit two homers for the Phillies.

After Harper's second homer Monday, some fans at Nationals Park serenaded him with "M-V-P!'' chants and he gave a curtain call, stepping out of the dugout and pumping his right fist.

It's the third multi-homer of Harper's career, second against the Marlins.

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.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint