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Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters as the Washington Nationals defeated the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night 7-4.. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings, striking out nine in the team's 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Nationals Park. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa celebrates with Stephen Strasburg after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg acknowledges the crowd after hitting his first career home run during the fourth inning. Strasburg's blast sparked the Nationals to a 9-3 win after they fell behind 3-0 in the second inning. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, right, turns a double play on a ball hit by San Diego Padres' Yonder Alonso as Chase Headley slides into second during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Washington. The Padres won 6-1. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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Stephen Strasburg's forgettable afternoon started with the first Padres batter when a soft fly fell untouched for a double. He was pulled after allowing four earned runs in four innings. It marked the first time he failed to last at least six innings this season. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg tossed six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), while striking out 13. The Nats won 4-2, ending their three-game slide. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48), left, high fives Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37), right, before the Washington Nationals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in extra innings, 3-2, for their home opener in Major League Baseball at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 12, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Stephen Strasburg struck out nine while lowering his ERA to 0.69 in two starts. (Associated Press)

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Stephen Strasburg worked seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five but didn't get the decision in the Nationals' 2-1 win. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Stephen Strasburg will be shut down once he reaches about 160 innings. He started five games in 2011 in his return from elbow surgery. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"The break is coming back. Now it's just fine-tuning it and picking a spot where I want to start it, and committing to it," Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg said. Washington will limit Strasburg, shown below in a spring training game, to about 160 innings this season. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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andrew harnik/the washington times The Nationals feature a formidable four of (from left) Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson and Stephen Strasburg. Washington traded for Gonzalez in December, and Jackson signed as a free agent in February.