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Harper on facing Livo

Mar 3, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper swings and misses at a pitch during today's game against the Astros.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — We already know Bryce Harper has a keen understanding of opposing pitchers and what they try to do when they take the mound. Today, we found out the Nationals' 19-year-old right fielder even knows what to expect from an ex-teammate whose repertoire is as unorthodox as anyone's in the sport.

When Livan Hernandez saw Harper step to the plate in the top of the second this afternoon, the wily vet figured he could fool the headstrong rookie with one of his trademark slow curveballs.

And for a moment, it looked like Livo's thinking was spot-on. Harper took a mighty cut at the slow curve and didn't come close to making contact.

Score one for the old guy? Not necessarily. Harper wasn't surprised by the pitch at all.

"I was actually hoping he'd throw me curveball first pitch," Harper said after the game. "It was just down and I swung right through it. I madeRead more ยป

  1. SonnyG10 - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    He did better than a lot of the other Nats batters.

  2. Positively Half St. - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    He did better than a lot of the other Syracuse Chiefs batters.+1/2St.

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