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Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler each got their final tune-ups of the spring Wednesday. Strasburg threw five scoreless innings on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a minor league game while Detwiler pitched against the Braves and went 51/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Strasburg will start Opening Day while Detwiler will wait nine days before he gets his first start of the season April 6 in Cincinnati.
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Closer Rafael Soriano looked “a little rusty” in his first outing since Saturday, when he threw in a minor league game, Johnson said. Soriano allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout. He will pitch Thursday for his only back-to-back games of the spring. … Outfielder Jayson Werth took a pitch off his elbow in what could have been a scary scene, but he was OK and joked later that it hit his “not-so-funny bone.” … Catcher Kurt Suzuki took a foul ball of his knee while catching Strasburg’s minor league game. He left the game but expects to play Thursday.
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