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How many strikeouts will Stephen Strasburg record in the Washington Nationals opener vs. the Miami Marlins?
Will he K more than the newest, richest pitcher in the world -- Justin Verlander? The Tigers ace, who takes the hill 4:10 p.m. ET in Minnesota to face the Twins later today, agreed to a $180 million, seven year contract on Friday .
Strasburg and the Nats host the Marlins a few hours earlier at 1:05 p.m.
Sure, the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox at the same 1:05 start time, but the AL East rivals don't seem to be the big deal they used to be. Neither team is even in the top 15 of FOX Sports.com's preseason Power Rankings .
SUNDAY NIGHT OPENER
Guess who is in first place in the AL West?
The Houston Astros!!!
Making their AL debut -- after spending their entire franchise history in the NL since their 1962 inception -- the Astros defeated the Rangers 8-2 at Minute Maide Park.
And the Astros' magic number is . . .
-- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 1, 2013
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WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg is ready for his first big league season without restrictions.
Ready to go from season’s start to finish.
Ready to throw as many pitches as it takes and to stay on the mound as long as possible, including into the eighth and ninth inning, something he’s never done in the majors.
It all begins Monday, when All-Star ace Strasburg starts the season...
Bryce Harper homered twice during the Nationals’ first game.
Memo to the National League:
After one game, Bryce Harper already has two home runs, and Stephen Strasburg is in mid-season form.
Strasburg was vintage Strasburg (if a guy can be vintage in only his 47th career start). He threw seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out three as the Nationals...
For Bryce Harper, two homers in his first two at-bats, and even some ''M-V-P!'' chants. For Stephen Strasburg, 19 consecutive outs during one stretch of seven scoreless innings.
And for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals, a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in Game 1 of a season lame-duck manager Davey Johnson declared months ago should...
All of the excitement during the pomp and circumstance from the pre-game festivities didn’t take long to materialize into real excitement. The Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 2-0, though the game seemed more lopsided than the box score showed with the help of some dominant individual performances.
In his first at-bat of the season, Bryce Harper mashed a...
Justin Verlander's five shutout innings at frosty Target Field held up for Detroit, and the defending American League champion Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday.
With the gametime temperature at 35 degrees and the wind blowing at 17 mph, fans had to bundle up. But Opening Day is always a draw, as evidenced by the announced crowd of 38,282, a sellout by Twins guidelines...
Justin Verlander went only five innings for the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day but pitched well enough to notch his first win of the season.
Verlander struck out seven over five scoreless innings against Minnesota on Monday. The 30-year-old former Cy Young winner had a rough spring but bounced back for a solid start to the 2013 season.
In the outing Verlander threw 91 pitches of which...
Justin Verlander is now the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
For the last several seasons, Justin Verlander has been arguably the most dominating pitcher in baseball.
Now he’s going to be paid like it.
The 30-year old Tigers right hander agreed to a 7-year, $180-million contract just before the start of the season. The deal includes an option for an 8th year that could vault...
Welcome to a weekly column by Kyle Bauer on various happenings in national and local sports. Agree or disagree with the author? Please comment below or let him know your thoughts by email, email@example.com or twitter, @kyle_bauer Yesterday, Justin Verlander made his first start since signing his record five-year $180 million contract extension. When [...]
Justin Verlander provided much of the heat on a cold opening day in Minneapolis.
Although he didn’t have his best stuff on the day Verlander gave five innings of shutout baseball as the American League Champion Tigers went on to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Monday. Pitching in the low 30′s at a frosty Target Field, Verlander struck out seven while allowing just three hits and...
Batter up? More like bundle up.
The Detroit Tigers open the season on Monday in frosty Minnesota, where forecasts call for temperature in the low 30s at game time at outdoor Target Field. The wind chill is expected to be around 20 degrees. So the Tigers will need all the heat they can get from Justin Verlander's 100 mph fastballs.
''It's going to be cold but I&...
This is my time of the year sports fans. Without furthur delay here are my predictions: American League AL East winner: Baltimore AL Central winner: Detroit AL West winner: Anaheim AL Wild Card winners: Oakland, Cleveland AL MVP: Mike Trout (LAA) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET) AL Rookie of...