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Washington Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper gets another shot at Julio Teheran in the second of three with the Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park.

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In 45 career plate appearances against right-handed starter Julio Teheran, who’s starting for the Atlanta Braves tonight in the second of three for Washington in Georgia’s SunTrust Park, 25-year-old Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper is 17 for 37 (.459/.556/1.108) with three doubles, seven home runs, seven walks, and five strikeouts. Not bad. Not bad.

It’s likely the stuff of nightmares for Teheran. Harper went 4 for 6 with two home runs and three walks in nine plate appearances against Teheran in 2017.

Harper gets his first shot at the righty in 2018 tonight after he went 1 for 2 with four walks, a three-run home run, and three runs scored in the series opener with the Nats’ NL East rivals on Monday.

Through four games, Harper, 25, is 5 for 12 with two doubles, three home runs, six walks... and no Ks.

Harper’s third home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second inning traveled 425 ft to center field in SunTrust Park, which his new manager, Davey Martinez, said was a positive sign.

“For me, when he stays in the middle of the field, he’s dangerous, and he’s been doing that,” Martinez told reporters after the Nationals’ 8-1 win.

“And I know him and [Hitting Coach] Kevin Long talk about that a lot,” he added.

“So, he’s good. He’s one of the best. I’m glad that I get to watch him play every day, and hopefully he continues to do what he’s doing.”

Harper and the Nationals try to improve to 5-0 on the season when they take on the Braves again tonight at 7:35 PM EDT. Martinez had the right fielder batting second, initially, but the lineup was changed and Harper is now third in the lineup for tonight’s game. Adam Eaton’s back on top after getting the night off last night.