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Nationals News: A fresh start

  Steve McCatty has been encouraging Stephen Strasburg to shake off pitches he doesn't want to throw. If he's going to be beaten, he's going to be beaten throwing what he wants to threw.

  Regardless of how Strasburg pitches for the rest of the season, the most important thing is that he finishes the season healthy.

  Though they're out of the playoff race this year, the second half of the season is important for the Nationals, who hope to attract free agents in the offseason.

  Scott Olsen will make his first rehab start at AA Hagerstown on Saturday against the Rome Braves.

  Ben Goessling selects six Nats for whom the second half of the season means a great deal.

  Mark Zuckerman wonders if Strasburg is still a big deal around the majors.

  Ten different pitchers have started games for the Nats this season, a number which figures to increase when a number of pitchers join the rotation in the second half.

  Two Nats minor leaguers, J.R. Higley and Steven Souza, were suspended 50 games for taking a banned substance.