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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg made his last start of the spring against the St. Louis Cardinals, throwing 67 pitches in four innings. He allowed three runs (two earned), five hits and fanned five. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Just 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the team's Opening Day starter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Just 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the team's Opening Day starter. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was roughed up in his third spring training outing. In four innings, he gave up four runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out one. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws against the Miami Marlins in the second inning of a spring training game in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37), center, signs autographs for fans at the conclusion of practice during spring training, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, February 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) poses for a portrait during photo day at spring training, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, February 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg struck out three Houston Astros during his 44-pitch outing at Space Coast Stadium. Washington dropped a 10-2 decision to Houston. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the team's first official workout for pitchers and catchers at spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg says he is good to go, 17 months removed from elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery. (Associated Press)

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Pitcher Stephen Strasburg is a sure bet to headline the Nationals' rotation this season, but competition is fierce for the fifth starter's role. Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch against the Florida Marlins during a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Gio Gonzalez, greeting members of the media at Nationals Park, will be part of a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (left) and catcher Wilson Ramos (right) walk onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, Tuesday, September 6, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg pitches to the Florida Marlins during the second inning of a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg lasted four innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. The Nats lost 7-4 (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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A new logo for the Washington Nationals features Stephen Strasburg. (Provided by the Washington Nationals)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg warms up near the warning track as the Nationals host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, Tuesday, September 6, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Nationals star Stephen Strasburg, besides being a box office attraction on days he pitches, may soon be a marketing goldmine if the team's ad campaign resonates with fans. (Associated Press)

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A new logo for the Washington Nationals features Stephen Strasburg. (Provided by the Washington Nationals)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals star Stephen Strasburg, besides being a box office attraction on days he pitches, may soon be a marketing goldmine if the team's ad campaign (above) resonates with fans.