Lafayette native, LSU product Stevenson in Nationals’ opening day lineup

When the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals took the field in Thursday night’s Major League Baseball season-opener against the New York Yankees, a familiar face was in the starting lineup.

Andrew Stevenson, a Lafayette, Louisiana native, made the start in left field and hit eighth in the batting order.

In New York’s rain-shortened 4-1 victory, Stevenson went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Making his Major League debut in 2017, the former LSU outfielder is entering his fourth season in the majors. He was selected by the Nats in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

In his 30 games last season, Stevenson made 37 plate appearances, recording 11 hits (.367 average) and scoring four runs primarily as a pinch-hitter for the world champion Nats.

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