Tweaked stance pays off immediately for Harper

Tweaked stance pays off immediately for Harper

WASHINGTON -- There's no place like home. Just ask Bryce Harper.

The Nationals outfielder returned to Las Vegas during the All-Star Break to spend some much-anticipated time with his family. He arrived on Sunday and left on Thursday.

"Being home, there's nothing like it," Harper said. "Just have some good time off and get away from all the [stuff]."

In 12 games before the All-Star Break, his first since missing two months with a torn left thumb ligament, Harper hit .150 and struck out 16 times.

But after making adjustments to his stance while home with his father, Ron, this past week, Harper exploded for a 3-for-4 night against the Brewers, including his third home run of the season in the ninth inning of the 4-2 loss.

"He stood up just a touch more to get on top of the baseball," manager Matt Williams said after the game. "He lowered his hands a little bit, probably a little more direct to the ball. He worked on that over the break and he looked good up there tonight."

"I tried to do something a little bit different," Harper said. "And it felt good."

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