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Mookie Betts puts on a show early for Red Sox

Mookie Betts robbed Bryce Harper of a home run in the first inning.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Red Sox centerfielder Mookie Betts made his presence felt early in the Red Sox home opener against the Washington Nationals.

In the top of the first inning, with a runner on first base, Betts sprinted back to the bullpen fence on a deep drive by Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper to pluck a would-be home run out of the air.

Then, in the bottom of the inning, Betts made hay on the basepaths, stealing second base before scrambling on to third base after noticing the third baseman was out of position because the Nationals shifted the infield with David Oriz at the plate. The play was reviewed by officials before being upheld.


Betts went on to score the game’s first run on an RBI single by Ortiz.

But Betts wasn’t done yet.

In the bottom of the third inning, with two runners on, Betts blasted a three-run shot into the Green Monster to put the Red Sox up, 4-0.

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