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“It’s just something that I’ll learn,” Harper said. “When I’m on the ball, I’m trying to get that ball because that’s the only thing that matters to me. That’s how I play. I’ve always played like that.

“I’m going to play this game for the rest of my life and try to play it as hard as I can every day. That’s my life on the line. At the end of the day I’m going to look at myself in the mirror and say, `I played this game as hard as I could and tried to make my team win a World Series every day.’”