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Rehabbing Harper puts on show in batting practice

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National League’s Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals, hits his first home run during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York.

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper put on an awe-inspiring display early Thursday when he took live batting practice on the field for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left thumb in April.

The slugger sprayed 14 home runs to all fields during the session -- which lasted around 20 minutes -- including the fifth, sixth and seventh pitches he saw. Two long balls reached the upper deck in right field, and another sailed well over the center-field fence, which stands 402 feet from home plate.

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