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Bryce Harper returns from disabled list, hits homer in first at-bat (video)

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It’s almost as if Washington Nationals second-year phenom was never gone. But he was and Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers was Harper’s first game back from the disabled list since all the way back on May 26.

After receiving a warm applause from the Nationals Park faithful and on only the second pitch that Harper saw in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, the slugger uncorked on an offering from Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, depositing the ball in the bullpen in left-center field for his 13th home run of the season.

Via MLB.com:

“I felt like I was back on Opening Day. I felt really good,” said Harper following Washington’s 10-5 win over the Brew Crew. “Gallardo’s a great pitcher, and I was trying to get something I could drive, and I got a pitch I could handle a little bit and put it where I wanted to.”

The kid sure has a flair for the dramatic, eh? On Opening Day, Harper hit two home runs in his first two at-bats and hasn’t looked back with a trip to the DL the only thing standing between him and unbelievably boffo numbers.

Major League Baseball certainly is more interesting with Harper back on the field. And his presence definitely makes filling content on a sports blog much easier. See for yourself.