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Washington Nationals Keep Asking Stephen Strasburg To Stop Bleeding...

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• June 5-6, 2010: The Washington Nationals drop two of a three-game weekend series with the Cincinnati Reds, so that when the Nats' '09 no.1 overall pick, pitcher Stephen Strasburg makes his much-anticipated MLB debut on June 8th, the then 21-year-old right-hander is asked immediately to stop a two-game losing streak. Strasburg allows 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 14 over 7.0 innings pitched in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh...

• June 11-12, 2010: The Washington Nationals drop the first two of a three-game weekend series in Cleveland, so that the Nats' Sunday starter, Stephen Strasburg is called upon to try to salvage the finale with the Indians. Strasburg throws 95 pitches over 5.1 innings in which he gives up just 2 hits, 3 walks and 1 ER while striking out 8 in a 9-4 Nats' win on the road. 

• June 15-17, 2010: After Strasburg's win over the Indians, the Washington Nationals drop three in-a-row on the road in Detroit and return home for more interleague play against the visiting Chicago White Sox. Strasburg gives up a run on 4.0 hits, striking out 10 in 7.0 innings, but the Nats lose 2-1 to Jake Peavy and the Sox...

• June 23-27, 2010: Washington Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg loses a 6/23 start against the Kansas City Royals in which he receives no run support, 1-0 Royals in spite of the Nats' rookie having allowed just 1 run on 9 hits, and the Nationals proceed to drop three-straight to Baltimore so that Strasburg's asked to stop a four-game losing streak in his June 28th start on the road in Atlanta. The Braves win, 5-0. Strasburg gives up 6 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs, 3 earned, while striking out 7 in 6.1 IP. 

• July 17-21, 2010: The Washington Nationals split the first two of four with New York before Stephen Strasburg's July 3rd start against the Mets, which he wins, and Washington drops the finale of a three-game series with San Diego before Strasburg's July 9th start against San Francisco, another win for Stras. Strasburg wins the first game out of the All-Star Break against Florida, but the Nats drop games two and three with the Fish and three in-a-row to the Reds, so that Stephen Strasburg's asked to stop a five-game losing streak in his ninth major league start tonight against Cincinnati...No pressure, kid...

• Strasburg vs Arroyo: 7:10 pm EST tonight in Cincinnati.