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Stephen Strasburg celebrates his birthday, readies for next start

After beginning Year 22 today, Stephen Strasburg will make Start 9 tomorrow against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are expecting between 30,000 and 35,000 fans to show up, and the game has been picked up nationally by ESPN.

Strasburg, whose birthday is today, will stick to the same pitch count the Nationals have held him to in his first eight starts. Manager Jim Riggleman said that for the rest of this year, Strasburg will not throw much more than 100 pitches.

The Reds are clearly aware of Wednesday's opposing starter. Today, legendary Reds beat writer Hal McCoy asked Reds outfielder Johnny Gomes, who has 99 career home runs, about the prospect of hitting his 100th tonight. "I'd rather do it Wednesday when we're on ESPN and I can hit one off the kid," Gomes said. "If I do that, I'll do cartwheels around the bases."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 20, 2010; 6:20 PM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Comments

So the league is calling Strasburg "the kid". Hilarious comment by Gomes.

Posted by: shanks1 | July 21, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Not to be a smart a$$ Mr. Kilgore, but being that he turned 22 yesterday, he began his 23rd year not 22nd. We all begin the first year of our lives the day we are born, not our first birthday.

Posted by: ajohns10 | July 21, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Call me a smarta$$, but usually when someone says "not to be a smarta$$", what follows is usually that person being a smarta$$...

Posted by: bearclaw | July 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Call me a smarta$$, but usually when someone says "not to be a smarta$$", what follows is usually that person being a smarta$$...

Posted by: bearclaw

Excellent!!!

Posted by: HanMy | July 21, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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