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Strasburg will start Grapefruit opener

Feb 18, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

Associated Press
Stephen Strasburg throws in the bullpen last week at Nationals camp.

VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg won’t have to wait long to put last year’s shutdown controversy behind him and turn attention to his performance this season.

Manager Davey Johnson said today his ace right-hander will start the Nationals’ Grapefruit League opener, Saturday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

The exhibition opening day assignment isn’t necessarily an honor being bestowed upon Strasburg as the Nationals’ best start as much as it helps line him up to start the only Opening Day game that truly matters: April 1 against the Marlins at Nationals Park.

Still, Strasburg’s first appearance against an opposing team since his abrupt shutdown last September will draw plenty of attention
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  1. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Yaahhooo. Stras on Saturday and Jordan on Sunday. Have to think Christian Garcia will follow one of those two. I'll be there.

  2. baseballswami - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Envious. I will be watching on TV and hoping that you will be posting. Read on Kilgore that Ramos is hitting well- launching balls over the left field fence. My heart did a little flutter.

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    We'll (me and my buddy Gator John) will be sitting past the Nats dugout down the first base side in the front row on Saturday. Ramos looked terrific during bp yesterday. And Espinosa still no leg kick from the left side which is a good thing.

  4. grifftl63 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Great day at the complex today. Got to tell the NatsInsider himself how I read his stuff everyday. I agree about Ramos – looks like he slimmed down to, but was most impressed today with Desmond. He was killing the ball and looked smooth in the field.

  5. baseballswami - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Absolute music to my ears!!

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… We'll (me and my buddy Gator John) will be sitting past the Nats dugout down the first base side in the front row on Saturday. Ramos looked terrific during bp yesterday. And Espinosa still no leg kick from the left side which is a good thing.All good news to hear on Ramos and Espi and on Saturday, get us lots of pictures!

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    NatsLady, nice read on Game 5. How often will you plan on writing a blog post?Maybe Mark can add you to the BlogRoll on the left margin.

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    http://www.natsenquirer.com/2013/02/about-rafael-sorianos-entrance-music-and-chemistry.htmlAnother fun read and this one is about the new closer's music! Enjoy!

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