Jun 9, 2010, 3:19 AM EDT
Stephen Strasburg dominated during his two months in the minor leagues, absolutely dominated hitters at Class AA and Class AAA to the tune of a 1.30 ERA and not a single outing among 11 starts that could legitimately be considered subpar. And then he took the mound at Nationals Park tonight for his big-league debut…
Jun 8, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER A standing-room only crowd files into Nationals Park. After all the hype, the anticipation, the circus-like atmosphere, the moment has finally arrived. As I type this, Stephen Strasburg is playing catch in right field. He'll be heading into the bullpen shortly to begin his full warm-ups. And then…
Jun 8, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT
Just a few hours before Stephen Strasburg steps onto the field at Nationals Park for his big-league debut, that other No. 1 draft pick held a conference call with us beat writers. Bryce Harper didn't have a ton of enlightening things to say. Much like Strasburg last year at this time, Harper has been well-coached…
Jun 8, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT
The Nationals have activated Ivan Rodriguez off the 15-day DL, and the veteran catcher will be behind the plate tonight for Stephen Strasburg’s debut. Fellow catcher Jamie Burke was designated for assignment to make room for Rodriguez on the roster. Rodriguez, who missed 15 days with a lower back strain, went 0-for-3 in his one…
Jun 8, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT
Yesterday's first-round of the MLB draft got plenty of attention, and deservedly so. The Nationals picked a potential difference-maker in Bryce Harper with the No. 1 pick and received tons of good press for it. The real draft, though, begins today, with rounds 2 through 30 speeding along at a breakneck pace. Teams only get…
Jun 8, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Pitching in Washington won't be anything like pitching in Viera. Well, the moment has arrived. After a long, arduous journey that featured a whopping 11 starts with two minor-league affiliates and probably one bump in the road somewhere (though it's pretty hard to find one) Stephen Strasburg at…
Jun 8, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT
The glow of Bryce Harper’s selection as the Nationals’ newest No. 1 draft pick will hardly have died down by the time 7:05 p.m. arrives tomorrow. But that major development in franchise history will already be trumped by an even greater event in Stephen Strasburg’s big-league debut. It’s a 1-2 punch that has never been…
Jun 8, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo, Roy Clark, Kris Kline had plenty to say about Bryce Harper's selection. And Harper himself had some interesting things to say on MLB Network right after getting drafted No. 1 in the country. We'll get to some of the best quotes here in a moment, but first a couple of points that were…
Jun 7, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT
One year after drafting the most-hyped pitching prospect in a generation with the No. 1 pick, the Nationals have drafted the most-hyped hitting prospect in decades with another No. 1 pick. The Nats selected Bryce Harper of the College of Southern Nevada as the country’s top amateur player to open tonight's Major League Baseball draft,…
Jun 7, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT
As we all sit around waiting for 7 p.m. tonight, here are a couple of items to share that relate to tomorrow’s big event at Nationals Park… – The Nats will be selling 2,000 standing-room only tickets to tomorrow night’s game, for $10 apiece. They will be available beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the…
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