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."
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