Strasburg overpowers Braves with 9 Ks over 7 scoreless in Nats’ win

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Strasburg could’ve pitched another inning; his fastball felt better with each inning. But Johnson is mindful of the innings limit attached to Strasburg’s right arm after in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.

“That’s the Strasburg we all know and love,” Johnson said.

NOTES: In his first action of the season, Michael Morse started in right field and hit fifth, but grounded out to shortstop in all four at-bats (and twice broke his bat). “Every at-bat I felt more comfortable,” Morse said, then added a joke. “I was expecting 4-for-4 with four home runs and four grand slams.” … Tyler Clippard pitched the ninth for his fourth save, as Johnson continues to grow more comfortable using his one-time setup whiz to close.

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