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Nats' AA team schedules an unusual Bryce Harper giveaway

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Nats' AA team schedules an unusual Bryce Harper giveaway

BY PETER HAILEY

Minor league baseball teams are known for unique and creative giveaways. The Nationals' Double A affiliate in Harrisburg, however, is taking things to the next level with one of their own promotions in late July.

According to their team site, the first 1,000 Senators fans to enter Metro Bank Park on July 25th will receive a Bryce Harper snowglobe. But this isn't your ordinary, run-of-the-mill snowglobe. Far from it, actually.

Instead, the team is passing out Bryce Harper mayfly snowglobes. Wondering what this limited edition, surefire collector's item looks like? Here's a preview of the giveaway, which could to go down as one of the most peculiar ever:

There's Bryce, engulfed by tiny orange specks that are supposed to represent mayflies.

Mayflies are pesky flying insects that are particularly prevalent in Harrisburg. They apparently like to spend their nights at the Senators' stadium, enticed by the ballpark's lights. That's not the worst place to pass the time considering that their lives rarely last more than a few days. 

Even though Harper hasn't played for the team since June 2014, fans will surely be swarming the gates to get their hands on his snowglobe.

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., but if you're itching to pick up one yourself, you'll probably have to arrive earlier.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

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- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.