KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper started in right field for the Nationals on Saturday against the Astros and went 1-for 3 in a 3-1 loss, his hit coming in the first inning against right-hander Livan Hernandez.
Hernandez fooled Harper on the first pitch with a curveball, which Harper swung at and missed. But Harper worked the count to 2-1 and singled to right field.
"I was actually hoping he would throw me a curveball first pitch. It was just down. I swung right through it and made a commitment to it."
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he was going to give Harper every chance to make the team out of Spring Training. If that's the case, Harper will be the everyday right fielder.