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Nats' Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen for 1st time in injury rehab

Nats' Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen for 1st time in injury rehab

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg took a major step in his rehab from a right flexor mass strain on Friday afternoon by throwing a bullpen session, the first time he's thrown off a mound since going down with the injury in a start on Sept. 7.

Strasburg is not available for the team's NL Division Series against the Dodgers, but this signals at least some hope he can return before the postseason is over, if they are to advance.

The Nationals right-hander has been working his way back slowly by throwing off flat ground in recent weeks after an MRI administered on Sept. 8 revealed his injury. He left a start against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning after feeling a pinch in the back of his elbow.

The Nationals were then able to determine that the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, the one repaired through his 2010 Tommy John surgery, was fine.

Strasburg, 28, is 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA this season.

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Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.

That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.

On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.

Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking

Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.

Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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