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Strasburg: Three Up, Three Down

Stephen Strasburg struck out two and retired the first three batters he faced in his first professional inning for the Washington Nationals in Viera, Fla., Monday afternoon. Against the Detroit Tigers in Florida's instructional league, Strasburg threw nine strikes and three balls -- his first offering to each batter -- in the first inning at Space Coast Stadium in front of about 50 fans.

He struck out Gustavo Nunez looking to open the game; then Luis Castillo hit a hard fly ball to left field on a 1-0 count. Strasburg then struck out Audy Ciriaco swinging on a 1-2 count. No radar readings were immediately available.

By Amy Shipley  |  October 5, 2009; 1:23 PM ET
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ESPN just went on with a live feed of Strasburg walking into the dugout. Fascinating! Scintillating! Next up: Strasburg sitting in the dugout. Can't wait for Strasburg to take a drink of Gatorade...errr...a drink of G (got to get that product placement right).

Posted by: joemktg1 | October 5, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he'll get any Cy Young votes for this season?

Posted by: AsstGM | October 5, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The Nats have become October's team...

Posted by: straightboy | October 5, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg...the new Brett Favre. Thank you, Worldwide Leader.

Posted by: VPaterno | October 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't ESPN also showing highlights of Bryce Harper's JUCO team so we can see our 2010 #1 pick in action too?

Posted by: HistoryBoy | October 5, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"joemktg1," you ought to enjoy this video from 2003 lampooning ESPN's coverage of Michael Vick:

(Some people may be offended by the use of the phrase "take a crap," but the video is hilarious.)

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 5, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I heard there's a You Tube video of him scratching his nuts. So far, it has about 350,000 hits. The video that is, not the nuts.

Posted by: octobertea | October 5, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I've seen enough. Let's just vote him into the Hall now.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 5, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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