By Joe McDonald at 12 September, 2012, 10:52 am
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Teen sensation Bryce Harper finally dialed in for the toughest pitch in the major-league directory: The cagy knuckleball of New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey.
Coming into the game 0 for 10 with six strikeouts against Dickey, Harper said he didn't expect to get a start. But Harper was in the lineup and he rewarded Davey Johnson's faith by hitting a double and two singles Tuesday night in a 5-3 victory for the Washington Nationals. Harper added a single in the ninth against non-knuckleballer Josh Edgin to become the first teenager to finish a game with four hits since Andruw Jones of the Braves in 1996.
Three of Harper's hits came against Dickey, a leading contender for Cy Young against whom Harper had all but surrendered.
"I've tried everything against that guy," Harper said.
Everything? He's 19! He won't try everything until he reaches 22 or 23, at least.
But anyway, isn't it great when a rookie learns something, manager Davey Johnson?