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Bryce Harper returns to standing ovation, is intentionally walked almost immediately

That was quick. After his Paul Bunyan-esque showing for Double-A Harrisburg (he hit three home runs on Saturday) Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals lineup from the disabled list. His eye black was barely dry when he started contributing on Monday night.

Early in the game, he caught Justin Morneau dancing a little too far off first base, but the Nats forgot to cover the bag couldn't tag Morneau out. Just a few innings later, Harper made his presence felt at the plate, delivering an RBI single to get the Nats on the board.

Harper single

When center fielder Drew Stubbs dropped the ball on the exchange, Harper seized the opportunity and slid safely into second, because hustle.

Harper stretch

Later in the game, Harper drew an intentional walk with first base open after a Ryan Zimmerman double. The Nats went on to beat the Rockies 7-3.

Welcome back, welcome back, wel-come back.

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