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Bryce Harper is going to be the Nationals' every day left fielder in 2013 after spending nearly all of 2012 in center. Of course, after the team traded for Denard Span, Harper was shifted to left to accomodate the new acquisition. Anyway, in today's Spring Training opener against the Mets, Harper got a rough introduction to his new full-time position. In the bottom of the third inning, New York center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a line drive out to Harper in left field, who had the ball bounce off of the heel of his glove, then off of his bare hand, and then into his glove. Yeah, he should have made the catch initially, but he at least showed some nice poise in recovering and managing to not let the ball hit the ground to record the out. I'm sure that as Spring Training progresses, Harper will continue to refine his defense in left and solidify his reptuation as an excellent defensive outfielder. [follow]
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Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance-enhancing drugs he was given by Major League Baseball have come back negative., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/nats-gonzalez-says-recent-drug-tests-negative
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(Photo by @Trevin8, H/T @recordsANDradio)
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