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Strasburg officially starting Opening Day

Mar 13, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

Associated Press
Stephen Strasburg will make his second career Opening Day start.

VIERA, Fla. — Not that there was any uncertainty about it, but Davey Johnson made it official nonetheless this morning: Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals.

“I guess you want me to say it,” the 70-year-old manager said. “He’s going to be my Opening Day starter. You drug it out of me.”

Johnson’s selection of Strasburg is hardly a surprise. The right-hander got the Opening Day nod last season in Chicago, then went 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA and 197 strikeouts before his much-debated shutdown in early September after 159 1/3 innings.

But in a rotation that also boasts a 21-game winner (Gio Gonzalez), a top-10 ERA finisher (Jordan Zimmermann) and a three-time All-Star (Dan Haren), Johnson certainly had other viable options if he chose to go in another direction.
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  1. NatsNut - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Wow. Spring Training this year is full of all kinds of surprises.;)

  2. Tcostant - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Is it opening day yet?

  3. natsfan1a - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I didn't see that one coming. ;-)

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