27 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Nationals kicked off their 2013 season with a 2-0 win against the Miami Marlins Monday at Nationals Park.

Playing in front of a crowd of45,274, reportedly the largest crowd in Nationals regular season history, the team's two brightest stars, Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Outfielder Bryce Harper showed once again why the proverbial 'future' of Washington Nationals baseball is now the present.

Harper kicked things off, hitting a solo home run in each of his first two at bats to give the Nats a 2-0 lead. The second homer sent the crowd into a frenzy and prompted a curtain call.

Strasburg, the team's ace, pitched a calm, cool 7 innings, only giving up three hits and zero earnedruns before being replaced by Tyler Clippard. New closer Rafael Soriano pitched the 9th for the Nats.

The MASN broadcast was aired on WUSA9 and WUSA9 will showcase 19 more Washington Nationals games this year.

Read or Share this story: http://on.wusa9.com/1iKMoDM