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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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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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