- Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee
- Neal Boortz defends Hillary Clinton for representing child rapist
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
Strasburg bests Scherzer; Nats top Tigers 8-1
Question of the Day
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Had this been the regular season, Stephen Strasburg vs. Max Scherzer would have been a tantalizing matchup.
Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out five in five scoreless innings Thursday, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1.
Preparing for Washington’s opener at the New York Mets on March 31, Strasburg has given up one earned run and eight hits in 14 innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
‘I’m just trying to go out there and commit to every pitch and take what happens,” Strasburg said.
In addition to working on his slider, Strasburg has also been trying to do a better job of holding runners on base. That paid off in the third inning, when Washington catcher Wilson Ramos threw out Detroit’s Nick Catellanos trying to steal second.
“The biggest thing for me is just being aware of how far off the bag he is and being able to identify the leads,” Strasburg said. “Before, I never really had an idea of where they were over there, and I think the fact that I didn’t know sped me up a lot.
“I felt like I could just be quicker to home plate and it wouldn’t matter. But then they just started getting running leads and stealing on my timing.”
Scherzer, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He gave up a two-run homer to Ian Desmond and an RBI triple to Ryan Zimmerman. He threw 91 pitches.
“I thought overall I threw the ball pretty well,” he said. “I just didn’t execute pitches.”
Strasburg was announced Wednesday as Washington’s opening-day starter. It will be his third straight opener.
“I hope my career isn’t just reflected by how many opening-day starts I have,” he said. “I think there are a lot of guys in this rotation that deserve it. I’m just the first one out.”
Scherzer has walked just one batter in 20 innings during the exhibition season.
Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance of spring training. Mattheus had been out with inflammation of the cartilage in his chest.
The president could pay the full price for ignoring Congress
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps commandant, slams Obama's handling of Iraq
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
- LYONS: Small-arms treaty, big Second Amendment threat
- Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia
- Obama family set to buy $4.25M desert home in California: report
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- DEACE: How to go from civil rights icon to bigot in one quote
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq