Bryce Harper Debut: Nationals Phenom Grounds Out In First Major League At-Bat

In his very first big-league at-bat, Bryce Harper grounded out to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley on a 2-1 pitch in the top of the 2nd inning.

Harper made his major-league regular season debut Saturday after being called up from AAA Syracuse to replace third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on Washington's active roster. Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder inflammation retroactive to April 21.

In 20 games with Syracuse, Harper recorded an on-base percentage of .333 and an OPS of .708 over 82 plate appearances. Six of his 18 hits went for extra bases and Harper drove in three runs.

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