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And so he works on the details, instead. He varied his slide step and his looks toward home plate on Sunday. Williams, a details man himself, noticed immediately and believes that attitude can filter down to other players.

Strasburg isn’t quite a veteran yet, though. He says he can’t wait to pick the brain of new Nats pitcher Doug Fister, 29, who was acquired from Detroit in an offseason trade. But with promising young arms again rising through the Washington farm system – Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole among them – that day of serving as a mentor to others isn’t far off. For now, Strasburg continues his own learning curve.

“You want the younger guys to be approachable and that if they have any questions, I try to help them the best I can,” Strasburg said. “But at the same time I don’t feel like I have all the answers, either.”