Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper homered twice and Stephen
Strasburg tossed seven scoreless frames as the Washington Nationals began
their NL East title defense with a 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins.
Harper became the first reigning NL rookie of the year to hit a home run on
Opening Day of the following season since Ryan Howard did so for the Phillies
He recorded the third multi-homer game in his brief career and second against
the Marlins, after a similar effort last Aug. 29, and became the third
defending ROY with two homers in the first game of a season -- joining Raul
Mondesi (1995, Dodgers) and Carlton Fisk (1973, Boston).
Strasburg (1-0) ended up allowing three hits and fanned three, needing only 80
pitches to complete his outing.
Tyler Clippard tossed a scoreless eighth and Rafael Soriano followed suit in
the ninth to record his first save for the Nats.
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