7:05 PM ET, May 14, 2012
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper is as sentimental about his first big league homer as he is about the rest of the many milestones in his baseball career.The ball's headed for a cardboard box.The 19-year-old rookie became the youngest major leaguer to homer since 1998 with a solo shot in the third inning of the Washington Nationals' 8-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.After the game, the ball was sitting in his locker with "1st ML HR" written on it in ballpoint pen. The keepsake was going to get a place alongside his first home run ever -- at around age 7 -- and other mementos. He had a hard time remembering other saved items."I don't really keep track," Harper said. "All my stuff is in just a box. Posters, magazines -- I don't really care."
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Game notesWashington manager Davey Johnson said before the game Rodriguez would remain the team's closer, despite Rodriguez blowing his third save in 11 chances Sunday against the Reds. After the game, Johnson reiterated that he still has confidence in his closer despite another shaky outing. ... In a rehab start at Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, RHP Chien-Ming Wang threw eight-plus innings, allowing four earned runs and 11 hits with one walk, one strikeout and one hit batter. ... Johnson said OF Michael Morse is on pace to return when interleague play begins June 8 at Boston. ... The Padres optioned LHP Josh Spence to Triple-A Tucson before the game. ... San Diego OF Jeremy Hermida is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery on Tuesday and will be out up to six weeks, manager Bud Black said. Hermida has been on the DL since late April.
Regular Season Series
|1st||A LaRoche grounded out to second, I Desmond scored, R Zimmerman to second.||0||1|
|2nd||O Hudson safe at second on error by right fielder B Harper, Y Alonso scored.||1||1|
|3rd||R Zimmerman singled to left, I Desmond scored, R Bernadina to second.||1||2|
|3rd||R Bernadina scored on throwing error by first baseman Y Alonso.||1||3|
|3rd||B Harper homered to center (429 feet).||1||4|
|4th||O Hudson singled to right center, Y Alonso and C Headley scored, O Hudson to second advancing on throw.||3||4|
|4th||T Stauffer sacrificed to catcher, O Hudson scored, J Bartlett to second.||4||4|
|5th||C Headley singled to center, J Guzman scored.||5||4|
|6th||I Desmond doubled to deep right, R Ankiel and J Flores scored.||5||6|
|8th||C Tracy homered to right (386 feet).||5||7|
|8th||X Nady homered to right center (394 feet).||5||8|
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|Stadium||Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.|
|Attendance||19,434 (46.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||67 degrees, rain|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Alan Porter|
Nationals scored eight runs against the Padres; entering tonight, they were the only team in the majors that hadn't scored eight-or-more runs in a game.
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