Posted April 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and stole a base in his Triple A debut for the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday. In his first at-bat, Harper, the top pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 draft, lined a double down the right-field line on a 2-2 pitch, easily beating the throw with a head-first slide into second. He advanced to third on a long fly out to right center but was stranded. In the bottom of the fourth, Harper lined a single to right on the first pitch, stole second, but was stranded again. Harper looked a little shaky in center field on a triple that sailed over his head in the top of the fourth, struck out swinging in the sixth, and grounded out hard to second in the seventh during a 7-4 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.

Bryce Harper Hype comes to Syracuse

Here's video of Bryce Harper doing an interview with CNY Central News in Syracuse during Chiefs media day on Wednesday. (Asked what he knew about Syracuse prior to arriving, Harper acknowledged that he "always knew it was a big basketball town. Everyone knows about Syracuze".) The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin was at Harper's AAA debut in Syracuze on Thursday...

Here's John Lannan during Syracuse Chiefs pregame introductions

There's poor John Lannan being introduced to the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse before the AAA Chiefs home opener (in 1978 Chiefs throwback jersey) this afternoon, right around the same time his former teammates were being introduced at Wrigley. You can only wonder what was running through Lannan's head as he hopped up the dugout steps to take his place along...

Washington Nationals Demote Pitcher John Lannan to Add Further Confusion to Rotation

The Washington Nationals have demoted starting pitcher John Lannan, and not just to their bullpen. Lannan, who started Opening Day for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010, has been sent down to the minor leagues. With this move to option Lannan down, the Nationals have announced that Ross Detwiler will take his spot in the starting rotation, at least to begin the 2012 MLB...

Bring on the Harpercuse t-shirts.

First there were Harperstown t-shirts. Then there were Harpersburg t-shirts. Now, just in time for John Lannan's Bryce Harper's arrival in Syracuse: there are Harpercuse t-shirts. It was only a matter of time. (Image above via @jwilhidejr, Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

John Lannan Requests Trade In Very Public Forum

Former Washington Nationals Opening Day starter John Lannan had made headlines in the DC sports world lately, and today is no exception.  John Lannan has requested a trade from GM Mike Rizzo, according to several baseball sources.  This comes just hours after Lannan was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse to start the season in favor of former first-round pick Ross Detwiler. This request...

Evaluating The 25-Man Roster: Part 1

The Washington Nationals are headed to Chicago on Thursday to start what could be a promising 2012 season.  However, some key injuries may leave the team a bit more crippled than fans would hope, causing an already concerning offense to be a little bit worse.  The overall positive on this year’s Nats team is the pitching staff, so we’ll start there with Part 1. Starting Rotation...

Washington Nationals: Not buying the hype

A couple of years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a preseason story hyping the Seattle Mariners on the strength of the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating. I remember reading the article and wondering if I was behind the times, especially since I’d never heard of UZR (and truth be told, I still don’t really understand fielding stats.) The piece seemed a little odd since the Mariners...

Nationals 2, Cubs 1

After Stephen Strasburg dominated for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Strasburg, starting his first opener, allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He reached 98 mph when he struck out Starlin Castro in the sixth. Tyler Clippard (1...

Strasburg dominates as Nationals beat Cubs 2-1

Stephen Strasburg dominated in his first opening-day start, yet wasn't able to come away with a win. After Strasburg frustrated the Cubs for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over Chicago. Strasburg allowed one run and five hits, including an RBI single to Marlon Byrd in the...

Cubs have interest in John Lannan

Nationals starter John Lannan, who didn't make the team's Opening Day roster and was demoted to AAA Syracuse to start the year, has demanded a trade after not making the roster. One team that apparently has interest is the Chicago Cubs, but my major question about the Cubs interest in Lannan is "why?" The Cubs have a solid, albeit unspectacular, rotation consisting...

Strasburg pitches Nats past Cubs

Stephen Strasburg could hardly wait for this one.

Video: Not how the Washington Nationals want to start the season

Losing Stephen Strasburg again would be not good.
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