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Nationals News: Things are Looking Up!

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  FJB is absolutely right: there has never been a better time to be a Nationals fan. For the past two years, my friends thought I wore my Nats hat to be ironic. We finally have reason to be proud. We've only seen the tip of the Strasburg.

  The plague of 2009, the Nats bullpen has been remarkably solid this year -- all seven relievers have a sub-4.06 ERA, and three have an ERA below 2.00.

  Pudge Rodriguez deserves some credit for Strasburg's dominant start, especially considering Strasburg hadn't even read the scouting report on the Pirates.

  There were earlier reports that Strasburg would pitch June 19th on Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead night, but the Nats' plans have changed and he'll be pitching on June 18th.

  The Nationals had another successful draft, making nearly half of their 50 selections pitchers.

  Bill Corey, who caught the first home run ever hit against Stephen Strasburg, threw the ball back. He just wanted to let Strasburg know that he "had his back."

  John Lannan was scheduled to catch Ken Burns' first pitch on Tuesday, but Drew Storen asked to catch it because he's a fan of Burns' work.

  Ross Detwiler pitched three scoreless innings at Potomac in his first rehab start.

  Only one Caps game shown on CSN (ever) earned better ratings than Strasburg's debut.

  Matt Capps was happy to go 2/2 in save opportunities against his former team, the Pirates.

  Stephen Strasburg will deliver David Letterman's Top Ten tonight, following in the footsteps of A's perfect pitcher Dallas Braden.

Around the league...

  Though the American League is dominant right now, the National League has better rookies.