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It's been an up-and-down second half of the season for Washington's Stephen Strasburg, but the hard-throwing right-hander believes he's figuring out what it takes to excel in the majors. Strasburg tries to build on a strong outing and help the NL East-leading Nationals win seven straight games for the first time in more than a year in Friday night's series opener with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Washington (69-43) arrives in Phoenix after defeating Houston 5-0 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep and push its division lead over second-place Atlanta to 4 12 games. The Nationals are in the midst of their third six-game winning streak of the season, and have won 16 of 20. To make it seven in a row for the first time since an eight-game run last June, they'll turn to their staff ace in Strasburg (12-5, 2.97 ERA), though he has alternated solid and subpar performances in his five starts since the All-Star break. He has a 0.47 ERA in winning three of those outin...
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