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Nationals to bring up top prospect

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 12:07 a.m. MDT

Bryce Harper tends to do things ahead of schedule, so it should surprise no one that he's already heading to the major leagues.

The 19-year-old outfielder, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, will be recalled by the Washington Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse today.

Widely regarded as baseball's top prospect, Harper will meet the Nationals in Los Angeles, where they are playing the Dodgers, and take the roster spot of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is going on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Nationals also placed reliever Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal wall strain.

ANGELS RELEASE ABREU: The struggling Los Angeles Angels released slumping outfielder Bobby Abreu on Friday night.

The 38-year-old, a two-time All-Star, had been relegated to part-time duty and was batting .208 in 24 at-bats for the last-place Angels.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said highly regarded outfielder Mike Trout will be called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Abreu on the roster.

FORMER YANKEE ALL-STAR DIES: Moose Skowron, a four-time All-Star first baseman who helped the New York Yankees win four World Series titles in the 1950s and 1960s, died Friday at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81.

TIGERS' YOUNG ARRESTED: Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young was arrested Friday on a hate crime harassment charge after police said he got into a fight with a group of men and yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York at about 1:30 a.m. Nearby, a group of about four Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around his neck. After, as the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said.

It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man sustained scratches to his elbows, according to police.

HAIRSTON HITS FOR THE CYCLE: Scott Hairston became the 10th New York Mets player to hit for the cycle in Friday's game with the Colorado Rockies.

Hairston completed the cycle with a two-run double off reliever Josh Roenicke in the sixth inning, helping the Mets pull to within 13-9 after the Rockies had scored 11 runs in the fifth to go in front.

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