Nationals News: Pudge is in some pretty good company...

CLEVELAND - JUNE 13: Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Washington Nationals walks to the dugout before the game against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  In hitting his 300th home run last night, Pudge Rodriguez became one of just five players to hit 300 as a catcher, along with Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra. Wow. Pudge says he's got a lot left in the tank, and believes he could play into his 40s.

  Stephen Strasburg played catch yesterday and reported no problems. He'll pitch a simulated game on Thursday, potentially lining him up for an August 10 start against Florida if all goes well.

  Though Bryce Harper posted comments on Facebook to the effect that he is considering going back to school (if in fact that was him), he would be a fool to do that. Leon Saffelle points out that he didn't graduate early from high school and play a year with a wood bat just to go back for another year of school.

  Sean Burnett earned his second big-league save ever last night when Jim Riggleman chose to leave him in the game to take advantage of the lefty/lefty matchup. Drew Storen is still expected to assume the role of closer, but for now, Riggleman will use a closer-by-committee setup.

  The sign hung at last night's game protesting Arizona's immigration law read "Mr. Kendrick ... Don't feed hate. Say no to SB1070," if you were curious.

  How much do you love Strasburg? Enough to bid on a pair of his game-worn socks?

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