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Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a solo home run in the first inning of the opening day baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, on Monday, April 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a solo home run in the first inning of the opening day baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, on Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(AP) Bryce Harper homered in his first two at-bats, Stephen Strasburg retired 19 batters in a row at one stretch, and the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals opened the season with a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday.


For Strasburg (1-0), this marked the start of what should be his first full season in the majors, with zero pitch or inning limits. The All-Star ace was dominant against a trade-depleted Marlins lineup that features Giancarlo Stanton and little else.


The right-hander went seven innings, matching his career high, and allowed three hits.


Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Harper, a 20-year-old outfielder, hit solo shots over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field off Ricky Nolasco (0-1) in the first and fourth innings.


New closer Rafael Soriano got the save.


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