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A look back at Strasburg's season

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A look back at Strasburg's season

By JP Finlay
CSNwashington.com

With the announcement that Stephen Strasburg will be shut down for the remainder of the 2012 season to recover from Tommy John surgery, it's time to look back at the young pitcher's year. His final stat line for the year: 15 wins, 6 losses, 3.16 ERA with 197 strikeouts, 48 walks and a 1.15 WHIP.

Below is a look at the season from start to finish.

April 5 -- Though he didn't get the win, Strasburg looked good on Opening Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He went seven solid innings, giving up one earned run while striking out five.

April 11 -- In his first win of the year, Strasburg throws six innings on the road against the New York Mets. With nine strikeouts and no earned runs, Strasburg looks dominant.

May 10 -- Strasburg matches his season-high strikeout total with 13 in six innings at Pittsburgh on his way to the win.

May 20 -- While pitching against the inter-league rival Baltimore Orioles, Strasburg strikes out eight in a home win. In the process, he also hits his first career Major League homerun.

June 2 -- In his second of three wins over Atlanta, Strasburg strikes out nine while shutting out the Braves over seven innings.

June 8 -- Strasburg makes his first start at Boston's famed Fenway Park. Over six innings Strasburg strikes out 13 Boston players while giving up two earned runs en route to the win.

June 20 -- On the final leg of a six-start win streak, Strasburg strikes out 10 in Tampa as he goes seven strong innings, giving up two earned.

July 10 -- In his first All-Star Game appearance, Strasburg throws one inning of shutout ball, giving up a hit and a walk.

July 25 -- Facing the Mets in New York, Strasburg dazzles in the bright light, whiffing 11. Over seven innings Strasburg gives up just one earned run.

August 21 -- In the midst of a pennant race, Strasburg faces the Atlanta Braves with a narrow lead in the NL East. Responding to the moment, Strasburg mows down 10 Braves by strikeout on his way to win No. 15. This marks his fourth straight start with a win.

Sept. 7 -- In what would become his final start, Strasburg has his worst outing of the year. Only lasting three innings, Strasburg allows five earned runs, three walks and just two strikeouts as the Nats would eventually lose in 10 innings to the Marlins.

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New York Daily News puts Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in Yankees uniforms

New York Daily News puts Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in Yankees uniforms

You can always count on the New York Daily News to run an audacious cover. The tabloid delivered again Friday with an image edited to show two of the league's best young hitters in Yankees pinstripes: Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Orioles short stop Manny Machado. 

"Bats to the Future" is exactly the headline you'd expect, too.  

It's hard to tell what's more odious to Washington and Baltimore fans: the image itself or the suggestion that baseball's new collective bargaining agreement makes it easier for the Yankees to poach their stars. 

The premise of that argument comes from sources who say the new CBA contains two changes beneficial to New York: reduced revenue sharing burden (due to tweaks in how sharing is calculated, plus a deduction for the cost of building and running Yankee Stadium) and an increased luxury tax threshold. 

Without going into number crunching detail, the Daily News explains how the club could afford Harper and/or Machado when they become free agents after the 2018 season. 

The article's tone of inevitability, despite its many assumptions, will rankle fans of all 29 other teams. After all, the Yankees aren't the only franchise interested in Harper and Machado. 

The Nationals and Orioles will presumably try to keep their stars. But to do that, they may have to fend off potentially historic money from the Bronx. 

MORE BASEBALL: Nats let Ben Revere walk

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Nationals decline to tender the contract of Ben Revere

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Nationals decline to tender the contract of Ben Revere

Ben Revere was brought to Washington in the hopes he could solve the centerfield and lead-off issue that plagued them the previous year. After just one year, the Nationals have decided to move on from Revere as they declined to tender him.

The move makes Revere a free agent after a .217/.260/.300 season that fell way below expectations. Revere tied his career-high with two home runs and added 24 RBI while scoring 44 runs. 

Stay tuned for more information!