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Harper hits second in opener with Cubs

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WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently said he would like to hit in the top of the order. He got his wish on Friday, as he was penciled into the No. 2 spot against the Cubs.

Manager Matt Williams said Harper was hitting second because the skipper wanted to create some offense for the middle of the order against right-hander Jasom Hammel.

"We faced three lefties the last three games, so I wanted to give [Harper] some opportunities to drive runs in," said Williams. "The same holds true for Anthony [Rendon] in that regard. Bryce at the top of the lineup against the right-handed pitcher will create some stuff."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.