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Harper homers in return to starting lineup

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SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper started his first game since Monday night and showed no ill effects after crashing into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium.

Harper went 1-for-4 in a 6-2 victory over Padres and hit his 11th home run of the season. With two outs in the seventh inning, Harper swung at the first pitch from right-hander Tyson Ross and hit a monster home run over the center-field wall to increase the Nationals' lead to four.

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SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper started his first game since Monday night and showed no ill effects after crashing into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium.

Harper went 1-for-4 in a 6-2 victory over Padres and hit his 11th home run of the season. With two outs in the seventh inning, Harper swung at the first pitch from right-hander Tyson Ross and hit a monster home run over the center-field wall to increase the Nationals' lead to four.

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The ball was hit an estimated 431 feet, the second longest hit at Petco Park, according to ESPN's home run tracker.

"The Padres pitched him tough. He hit a heck of a pitch -- a great sinker and he crushed it. It's nice to have him back," manager Davey Johnson said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

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