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Tyler Moore latest reinforcement in Nationals youth brigade

By Scott Miller | Senior Baseball Columnist
LOS ANGELES -- The hits just keep on coming for the Washington Nationals. One day after promoting 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper to the majors, they've not only recalled hot-hitting Tyler Moore, 25, from Triple-A Syracuse ... they've plugged him into today's lineup hitting sixth.

Moore's 202 RBI combined over the past two seasons was tied for the most in minor league baseball with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt. The Nationals' 16th-round pick in the 2008 draft, Moore was hitting .286 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 22 games for the Chiefs.

The Nationals announced the move just before Sunday's game with the Dodgers. Veteran Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain.

"Obviously, we're off to a good start and it's early," said veteran third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, whose move to the DL (shoulder) cleared the way for Harper. "This is just the tip of the iceburg. The front office has done a great job in drafting and developing guys.

"We've paid a price the last five years by losing [nearly] 100 games. Hopefully, the next five years we can be closer to 100 wins."

Moore is a first baseman-outfielder who also hit 62 home runs over the past two seasons, which ranks fifth in all of minor-league baseball.

"The kid can hit," Zimmerman said.

Likes: Bryce Harper's debut on Friday night. This kid is going to be something to watch. And I'm one who has tired of the early hype and have avoided writing about him as much as I've been able to. ... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly saying the most alarming thing he saw in closer Javy Guerra on Friday night was that the "swag" -- swagger -- was missing. He said he talked to Guerra about it Sunday morning. ... Two fabulous Bruce Springsteen concerts at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Thursday and Friday. He's never been better. The Tenth Ave. Freeze-Out tribute to Clarence Clemons is stunningly poignant. And Bruce coming out an hour early Friday to show a handful of relatives around the stage when the arena was only about 30 percent full was quite a moment. "Good evening," he told the totally surprised folks who were in the arena early. "The E Street Band couldn't be here tonight, so these guys will be playing." Actually, he said, "these are some of my relatives." When he was done playing tour guide and posing for pictures with them, he played an acoustic version of For You and then disappeared backstage, saying "See you in a little while." Very, very cool.

Dislikes: Delmon Young. Delmon, Delmon, Delmon. He may have apologized, but that was an ugly, ugly incident and I can't believe the Tigers are considering sticking him right back into the lineup here soon.

Rock n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"When the change was made uptown
"And the Big Man joined the band
"From the coastline to the city
"All the little pretties raise their hands
"I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
"When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half"

-- Bruce Springsteen, Tenth Ave. Freeze-Out

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