Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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The Washington Nationals seemed to be waiting to exhale ever since mid-September was pegged as the time ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was going to be shut down. That day came a little earlier than expected following Strasburg's Sept. 7 start and loss to the Marlins. The Nationals had said Strasburg's final start would come on Sept. 12 in New York, but they announced on Sept. 8 that the right-hander would be done for the season. The Nationals have gone 3-4 since then, losing all three games of the weekend series in Atlanta against the second-place Braves. But one of those two wins came Wednesday courtesy of Strasburg's replacement, left-hander John Lannan, who also gets the start Wednesday night when the Nationals face the Dodgers. Lannan was penciled in from almost the beginning of the season as the substitute if and when Strasburg was going to be shut down because of a mandated pitching limit a season following Tommy John surgery. So far, Lannan's veteran presence has been ...
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