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Bryce Harper remains in game after scary collision at second base

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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The Nationals come into the season as favorites to win the NL East, but things have not gone according to plan on Opening Day. First, Stephen Strasburg allowed a three-run homer to Andrew Brown of the Mets in the first inning. Next, Bryce Harper was accidentally kicked in the head on a take-out slide at second base.

Here's the play:

That looked really bad, like a surefire concussion. Harper remained on the ground for a minute or two before walking off the field because he was out at second base. He returned to his left field position in the next inning.

Harper, 21, hit .274/.368/.486 (133 OPS+) with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 118 games. He missed time with a knee problem after crashing into a wall. It appears he's avoided serious injury on Monday.

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