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Nat's Bryce Harper the youngest in history to hit two homers on opening day

Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 12:00 p.m. MDT

Bryce Harper (Associated Press) Bryce Harper (Associated Press)

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is quickly proving that his rookie of the year season was no fluke.

On Monday during the Nationals' home opener, Harper, who batted .478 with three homers in spring training, went yard not once, but twice against Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

At 20 years, 167 days old, Harper is the youngest player in baseball history to hit multiple homers on opening day. Don Money was 21 years, 305 days old on April 8, 1969, when he hit two homers for the Philadelphia Phillies.

After his second homer, fans chanted "M-V-P" as Harper gave a curtain call.

It was Harper's third multi-homer game of his career and second against the Marlins.

Harper was selected first overall by the Nationals in the 2010 baseball draft. He was called up to the majors on April 28, 2012, at the age of 19. During the season he was selected to the All Star team and was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He finished the season with 22 home runs, 59 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Ryan Carreon is a web editor for DeseretNews.com. E-mail him at rcarreon@desnews.com

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