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Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg pitched 2 2/3 innings Sunday in his first appearance of the spring.
Facing the Houston Astros, Strasburg allowed two runs on three hits while striking out three batters. He threw 26 of 44 pitches for strikes.
Strasburg sat out nearly the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. He made five starts in September and finished with a flourish, striking out 10 and allowing one hit in six innings to finish with a 1-1 record.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, the 23-year-old Strasburg went 5-3 in 12 starts with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in just 68 frames in his rookie season before he was injured.
He underwent surgery on Sept. 3, 2010.
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Stephen Strasburg struck out three in his spring training debut, but gave up two runs while pitching into the third inning of the Washington Nationals' 10-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Houston's J.A. Happ went two innings, giving up one run and three hits with one strikeout.
Strasburg, who made just five starts last year after coming back from Tommy John surgery...
The Washington Nationals lost yesterday afternoon 10-2, but that is not what matters. It's the spring, very early in the spring, and winning and losing takes a back seat to tweaking mechanics, shedding rust, and finding roles.
The good news, however, is that Davey Johnson began to vet the supposed roles for the hurlers in the team's pitching staff. As you saw...
Remember last spring, when Matt Stairs told Bryce Harper that his eyeblack had to go ("It's a high school thing")? Well, Stairs is gone, and so is Harper's Twitter account. But based shots of Harper on screen during the first televised Nats Spring Training game of 2012 on Sunday, it sure looks like Harper has brought back his warpaint-style eyeblack again.
Washington finished the 2011 season just a game below .500 for the first time since the Nationals came into existence just before the 2005 season. While it was a big step in the right direction for the organization as a whole, outside of Michael Morse (31 HR, 95 RBI) and Danny Espinosa (21 HR, 66 RBI) there remained few legitimate fantasy options worth pursuing on the active roster...
Given all he's been through the last year, it was hardly surprising Stephen Strasburg was ''amped up'' for his spring training debut.
The 23-year-old right-hander struck out three and gave up two runs and three hits in the Washington Nationals' 10-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday.
After having Tommy John surgery in 2010 and making just five starts...
In the video above (via @alysonfooter), Livan Hernandez meets with the media after starting for the Astros against the Nationals on Saturday. Ingore the fact that his answers are basically inaudible (even with volume maxed out); it's good to see Livo. Now, fans in DC didn't get to SEE Livan Hernandez pitching for the Astros on Saturday, but it certainly sounded weird to...
In this week's episode, The Nats Blog's Joe Drugan and Capitol Baseball's Craig MacHenry talk about Washington Nationals spring training games. With live games happening in Viera, several players performances deserved a few minutes of discussion. We talk about:
Bryce Harper's strong start
Tom Gorzelanny's dreadful appearance
Craig Stammen's mixed...
And so, (via Adam Kilgore/Washington Post), Drew Storen has a new nickname, courtesy of Davey Johnson: Tinkerbell.
...Johnson coined a nickname for Storen based his proclivity for toying with his delivery.
"I’m going to start calling him Tinkerbell," Johnson said. "He comes in with all kinds of different little moves. Once the game started, he looked...
Rick Ankiel hit his first spring homer and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Monday.
Ankiel, who is working on a more relaxed batting stance, connected against Dillon Gee in the second inning, driving a 2-0 fastball over the left-field wall.
The top of the batting order accounted for the Mets' only run in the first inning. New leadoff batter Andres Torres...
The Mets will kick off their 2012 Grapefruit League schedule as they take on the Washington Nationals tonight at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida at 6:10 PM. Here are the starting lineups:Washington Nationals:1. Roger Bernadina LF2. Steve Lombardozzi SS3. Mark Teahen 3B4. Chad Tracy 1B5. Rick Ankiel CF6. Bryce Harper RF7. Jesus Flores C8. Xavier Paul DH9. ...
Fernando Martinez had a smashing debut with the Astros today in their 10-1 victory over Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.
The former Met prospect doubled on the first pitch he saw as an Astro, but it was his second hit that had Astro fans buzzing as F-mart clobbered a towering three-run homer to left-center against a strong wind.
His line for the day was: 2-2, HR...