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Bryce Harper in No. 3 hole in lineup

Updated: May 3, 2012, 6:41 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The question was simple enough: Why put 19-year-old Bryce Harper, the youngest player in the major leagues, in the No. 3 spot in the lineup already, only five games into his career with the Washington Nationals?

Manager Davey Johnson's answer, delivered with as straight a face as can be, was simple, too: "Why not?"

"I mean, he's swinging the bat good. He's had quality at-bats. It's what you do. I don't care if his name's Harper or whatever. Or how old he is," ...

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