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Harper's all-out style is working at big-league level

The Sports Xchange

The questions about whether Bryce Harper deserves to stay in the big leagues have evaporated after four games.

Whether he plays left field or center field, Harper makes plays.

At the plate, he gets hits by crushing the ball. Harper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI on Wednesday in the Nationals' 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. His average is up to .385 (5-for-13).

In the outfield, he catches everything near him. When he doesn't see the ball, it doesn't matter because it was a home run anyway. When he misjudges the ball, he ends up holding onto the fly ball with his bare hand.

The 19-year-old comes as advertised, and he knows how to play the game. Manager Davey Johnson said Harper is less nervous in the majors than when he first arrived in the minors.

"What about the kid, Bryce," Johnson said. "It is infectious seeing a 19-year-old hitting seventh come along and have nothing but quality at-bats. That is impressive."

Harper said, "I am just trying to come in here and play my game hard. I think I am just trying to bring some fire to the table and play the game that I have known how to play my whole life. I play with that fire and that passion. I am just trying to bust my butt every single day and just get going."

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