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Class A: Hickory at Hagerstown

Aug 22, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg faces the Hickory Crawdads tonight at Municipal Stadium.

HAGERSTOWN — Hello once again from Municipal Stadium, which must mean Stephen Strasburg is pitching tonight. (I can assure you I didn't drive up here just to shop at the outlet mall.)

This is Strasburg's fourth rehab start, and it comes on the heels of perhaps his worst professional outing to date, in which he was tagged by the Lexington Legends for five runs over 1 2/3 innings. Tonight, the right-hander faces the Hickory Crawdads, low-Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The big name to watch out of the Crawdads' lineup is leadoff hitter and shortstop Jurickson Profar, an 18-year-old top prospect out of Curacao who enters tonight hitting .286 with 11 homers, 32 doubles and a .396 on-base percentage.

The plan for Strasburg: four innings or 65 pitches, whichever comes first. Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner are here to watch in person. I'm here, too, and I'll be providing updates during each of Strasburg's innings of work. Obviously, I won't be in D.C. for tonight's game against the Diamondbacks, but I'll post a game thread for that one shortly…

HICKORY at HAGERSTOWN
Where: Municipal Stadium
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: hagerstownsuns.com
Weather: Clear, 74 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
HAGERSTOWN (70-55, 30-25 second half)
CF Michael Taylor
3B Blake Kelso
2B Adrian Sanchez
C David Freitas

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  1. The Joker - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    I bet the Crawdads put the old hickory on Stephen Strasburg this evening.

  2. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Wow. The "Crawdads." I love the names of minor league clubs!I thought the Richmond Flying Squirels was great, but Crawdads is even better.

  3. natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    That *is* a great name!

  4. natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Speaking of great names, still don't grok why the Winston-Salem Warthogs would change their (imo) awesome name to that of a punctuation mark (Dash), but whatever.

  5. Oldguy - Aug 22, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    It all started with Klinger and his Toledo Mud Hans on M*A*S*H

  6. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Hens: Mud Hens.

  7. Unkyd - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    (grok?)

  8. JaneB - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    grok=get, understandCan't wait to read the analysis, Mark. be sure to include your best guess about when we will see him at Nats Park! Even if it's just a guess.

  9. bobn - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    I love the Savannah Sand Gnats…were a Nats farm before switching with Mets….

  10. Anonymous - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Oldguy: and then continued on The Simpsons, when the owener of the Springfield Isotopes moves the team to Albuquerque; the Albuquerque Isotopes are the current AAA affliate of the Dodgers.

  11. Dave - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Ah, Hickory, town of my birth.There were no baseball-playing crawdads there in the early 1950s, though. Actually, not even through the early 1970s, when I graduated high school.1a, I quite agree with you about the Warthogs. They had a perfectly fine name and changed it to nothing. What's the Dash, anyway?(Not that I ever actually saw a warthog anywhere in or around Winston-Salem, however.)

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Thanks, JaneB. Here's a bit on the derivation, Unk, if you're interested.http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grokDave, the only warthog I ever saw was in their logo. I've seen and marked plenty of dashes, though, as a one-time proofreader. They could at least have created a mascot named Dot to make it interesting, eh?

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