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Things fell into place in about every conceivable way on Friday night at Fenway Park for the Washington Nationals. The Boston Red Sox entered the game in last place, but a game above .500 on the season. It’s not like they’ve been schlubs this year, but the Nats still walked away with a 7-3 Curly W for their 33rd on the season.
On the two-year anniversary of his remarkable 14 strikeout MLB debut, Stephen Strasburg proved to be too much for the Red Sox to handle though six innings. He struck out 13 batters an a career-high 119 pitches, and it was perhaps the best start of his MLB career. He gave up just two earned runs on four hits. Strasburg had his fastball between 97 and 100 mph in the early innings and got guys to miss at a remarkable rate.
Bryce Harper added another stellar storyline. After looking ridiculous in his first at-bat, he made quite an adjustment off of two lefty pitchers, Felix Doubront and Rich Hill. He hit the ball to all fields, and destroyed a two-run home run...
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If you're the Washington Nationals and you've already been widely embarrassed by having your team play a real professional baseball game with the team's name MISSPELLED on the uniform, one would think they would take steps to ensure something like that never happens again. It would also probably behoove the Nationals to make sure that when selling the uniform of the team...
Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings, Bryce Harper homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night for the franchise's first victory at Fenway Park.
Harper hit a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth as the club improved to 1-9 at Boston's iconic home. The Montreal Expos dropped all six of their games there before...
Woah, that's a full rainbow! Double rainbow, all the way! Right, Bobby V.?
"He’s like looking at a rainbow. You don’t miss it. It’s a rather beautiful sight. He gets that pitching thing very well." (Bobby Valentine on Stephen Strasburg, via Boston Globe, 6/9/2012)
"It’s unbelievable. I love those kinds of atmospheres...
On Friday night, most of the Boston Red Sox will get their first up-close look at Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Cody Ross predicts they will be impressed. Ross, sidelined for the past few weeks while recovering from a fracture in his left foot, faced Strasburg in on July 9, 2010, as a member of the San Francisco Giants. He recalled that the Giants were sure they...
Boston got its first look at Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on Friday, and it is safe to assume the New England faithful went home pretty impressed. Strasburg struck out 13 hitters and Harper slammed a 420-foot home run in the Nationals' 7-4 victory over Boston to open the series. Nationals manager Davey Johnson even admitted it was an amazing sight. "It was fun...
Just as the Celtics had no way to counter LeBron James yesterday, the Red Sox were at the mercy of Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. LIke LeBron, Strasburg showed no mercy leading Washington to a 7-4 victory.
Knowing that this may be the only time in Strasburg's career that Boston fans would get to see him take the mound, fans wanted a show. They were not disappointed...
Before there was Stephen Strasburg, there was Mark Prior. A decade ago, Prior was the can't-miss pitcher, a distinction that resulted in the Cubs selecting him second overall during the 2001 MLB Draft. After one All-Star season in 2003, Prior's career was derailed by shoulder, elbow and groin issues. Prior hasn't thrown a single pitch in the majors since 2006. Yet, the...
It's clear that Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper have helped breathe new life into the Washington Nationals.
Now they can help the franchise earn its first victory at venerable Fenway Park.
The Boston Red Sox have won all nine previous home matchups against the Nationals' franchise and will send a promising young pitcher of their own to the mound in Felix Doubront for...
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Thank you, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
It’s rare enough to walk into a ballpark one afternoon in any month of a long baseball season and be genuinely amped about...
It's no secret that the Washington Nationals have great pitching. And the last two days, the Red Sox have had to go up against not only the Nats' top two hurlers, but two of the top young pitchers in the game. The Sox had never seen Stephen Strasburg before Friday, but they have had a chance to look at Gio Gonzalez while he was with Oakland, so the team clearly needs to find...
The Fenway Faithful will get a glimpse of two up and coming stars on Friday. Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg come to town as part of a three-game set between the Sox and Nationals. It marks the first time that the two will invade Fenway in interleague play. Harper carries a .276 average, five home runs and 14 RBIs into Friday's tilt, while Strasburg has been one of the game...
BOSTON –– And then, there was Bryce Harper. Lost in the shuffle of Stephen Strasburg's extraordinary outing was the performance of the Nationals' 19-year-old phenom. Upon stepping into the batter's box on Friday, the first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft was welcomed to a few boos. But Harper delivered the knockout punches in the 7-4 victory over the Red Sox, going...
The dynamic Washington Nationals duo of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper stepped into hallowed ground for the first time in their young careers on Friday night, as the Nationals traveled to Boston to take on the Red Sox. Under the bright lights of Fenway Park and squarely in the nation's focus, the pair of rising stars proved that they were far and away the best players...
BOSTON –– During Bobby Valentine's heyday as player, he was once considered a budding star. At age 19, Valentine was promoted to the majors, where he played shortstop for the Dodgers in 1969. As a result of the early opportunity, the Red Sox skipper can fairly identify with Nationals star Bryce Harper's rapid ascension to the majors. Even so, Valentine ultimately recognized...
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Red Sox (29-28)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (6-2, 3.75)
Pitching: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-1, 2.35)