Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/2/12

Stephen Strasburg the number one Major League Baseball pick by the Washington Nationals delivers a pitch in his first start in the Arizona Fall League at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, AZ, October 16,2009. (UPI/Art Foxall) Photo via Newscom

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Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez faced a different battle last weekend. They have been arguably the top 1-2 combination of starting pitchers in the major leagues this season, and each made the National League All-Star team. But both had to pitch through the extreme heat in Atlanta in their starts on Saturday and Sunday, something that plagued the Eastern seaboard and made life difficult for pitchers. That heat is what made Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson be very careful with his two starters, pulling both out earlier than normal. He really had no choice -- the Nationals' three games in Atlanta featured gametime temperatures of 104 degrees on Saturday and 101 on both Friday and Sunday. "It was awfully hot out there," Johnson said after Sunday's game. "It's 120 out there. It was really hot." The hot weather forced Johnson to make a tough decision when Strasburg started on Saturday, a game that began late in the afternoon in the sun and with that heat and humidity....
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