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Nationals News: Things finally come together...

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  Following yesterday's start, Strasburg's ERA went up to 2.32, good enough for sixth in the majors (and better than Ubaldo Jimenez.) His strikeouts-per-nine dropped to 12.4, which is still a full two strikeouts better than anyone else. He seems to finally be getting comfortable in his new job, telling a heckling fan to "look at the scoreboard" and joking about bunts in his press conference.

  The Nats' bullpen had a huge seventh inning last night, after Drew Storen loaded the bases with no outs. Between Storen, Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard, the Nats were able to get out of the jam allowing just one run.

  The Cincinnati Enquirer interviewed Rob Dibble, a former Red, about his current color man job. He says he's a lot more careful about what he says, because there are "some lines you cannot cross" in the booth.

  For the first time in a long time, the Nats' bats outside of 3-4-5 produced, with Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham accounting for only two hits total.

  Yesterday's sold out Strasburg start in Cincinnati was the Reds' first sellout on a weeknight in four years. Even the great Pete Rose wanted to see Strasburg!

  Jordan Zimmermann pitched four scoreless innings at A Potomac, striking out four and giving up just two hits. He'll make one start at A Hagerstown and then will move to AA Harrisburg.

  Finally, according to Bill Ladson's twitter, Luis Atilano will be placed on the DL with elbow soreness.