Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/29/12
LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes, fairy-tale endings are just thatfairy tales. That was certainly the case in likely the most anticipated debut in Washington Nationals' history. Bryce Harper, who along with the L.A. Angels' Mike Trout is considered baseball's top young player, made his first start and the Nats other phenom, righthander Stephen Strasburg, was on the mound as Washington was looking at its future and trying to break a small two-game losing streak. With a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth and a flame-throwing reliever on the mound, Harper's first game looked like a winning one. However, a cruel reality check in the form of a Matt Kemp game-winning, extra-inning homer spoiled the dream. A 3-1 Washington win turned into a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, leaving the Nationals with a three-game losing skid. Harper, though, didn't disappoint himself or his team. Hitting seventh in the Washington lineup against Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley, Harper went 1-3 with a do...
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