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Nationals News: Another Positive Strasburg Start

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CLEVELAND - JUNE 13:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals signals to his infielders during the game against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JUNE 13: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals signals to his infielders during the game against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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  Due to Strasburg's start, Sunday's attendance in Cleveland was 68% greater than on Saturday night, and 63% greater than their average Sunday attendance. But he did more than drive ticket sales: Strasburg apparel took over an entire merchandise booth in Cleveland.

  Plate umpire Brian O'Nora was impressed by Strasburg's stuff, saying he's "the real deal."

  Since 1900, only Johnny Cueto had more strikeouts before giving up his first walk than did Strasburg.

  As we saw yesterday, Drew Storen is very good at stranding inherited runners, going 12/12 thus far. Had those runs scored, the final line would have looked different, but as it was, Strasburg had another good start yesterday.

  Strasburg had mound issues in his start yesterday, which "got him in a little funk," but he says that it's good for him to experience this now. 

  Jim Riggleman says that he has never seen a player with drawing power like Strasburg. 

  Craig Stammen gave up four runs in his first start at AAA Syracuse after being sent down to make room for Strasburg.

  Adam Dunn's collision with Carlos Santana was hilarious (see .gif here).

  Michael Morse knows and accepts that he's a bench player, though he would obviously like to be a regular.