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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper hits home run in first at bat of 2016

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Washington Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper got hold of a 2-2 slider up in the zone from Julio Teheran and took the Atlanta Braves' starter deep for a solo home run in his first at bat of the 2016 campaign. Just unreal. Really.

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In his NL MVP-worthy 2015 campaign, Bryce Harper led all National League hitters in On-Base Percentage (.460), Slugging Percentage (.649), Wins Above Replacement (9.5 fWAR), Weighted On-Base Average (.461), Weighted Runs Created Plus (198 wRC+), Isolated Power (.319) and runs scored (118).

Washington's 2010 no.1 overall pick finished tied for first in the NL in home runs (42), finished second in walks (124), and second in Batting Average (.330).

In his first plate appearance of 2016 this afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia's Turner Field, Harper picked up where he left off last season, taking a hanging 2-2 slider from Braves' starter Julio Tehera for a ride to right for his first home run of the season, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the first.

Coming into today's game, Bryce Harper had hit three of the Washington Nationals' seven Opening Day home runs...

Here's his fourth Opening Day home run. We'll see if Teheran approves of the way he ran it out next time Harper steps to the plate...

The solo shot to right gave Harper 98 career home runs one at bat into his fifth major league season. When he hits his 100th homer, Harper will join Ryan Zimmerman (200) and Ian Desmond (110) as the only players in Nationals' history (2005) through present to top 100 homers for their careers.

Here's another look at Harper's homer via the Nationals on Twitter: