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Nationals star Stephen Strasburg struck out four for Class A Hagerstown on Sunday in his first rehab start. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Fans try to catch a glimpse of Nationals star Stephen Strasburg during his first rehab start, for Class A Hagerstown against Greensboro.

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, on a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Hagerstown, threw 24 strikes out of 31 pitches. Some of his deliveries reached 96 to 98 mph.

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Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws a pitch during his first rehab start, in a game for the Hagerstown Suns against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, in Hagerstown, Md., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. He pitched 1.2 innings, striking out four batters and giving up three hits, including a homerun. He threw 31 pitches. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, on a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Hagerstown, threw 24 strikes out of 31 pitches. Some pitches reached 96 to 98 mph.

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Fans try to catch a glimpse of Nationals star Stephen Strasburg during his first rehab start, for Class A Hagerstown against Greensboro.

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Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws a pitch during his first rehab start, in a game for the Hagerstown Suns against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, in Hagerstown, Md., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. He pitched 1.2 innings, striking out four batters and giving up three hits, including a homerun. He threw 31 pitches. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, on a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Hagerstown, threw 24 strikes out of 31 pitches. Some pitches reached 96 to 98 mph.

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, on a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Hagerstown, threw 24 strikes out of 31 pitches. Some of his deliveries reached 96 to 98 mph.

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his first rehab start Sunday for Single-A Hagerstown. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Stephen Strasburg taking the mound at Nationals Park in 2010 meant on averate an additional 15,564 fans through the turnstiles. Strasburg has been shelved by an elbow injury this year. Below, the Thomas Jefferson mascot gave a warm welcome on Opening Day.

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The Washington Nationals have been blessed with No. 1 picks in back-to-back drafts and once-a-generation prospects in Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. It should be no surprise, then, that good karma has been hard to come by this year, as the Nats are 21-28 on the season and coming off a 1-7 road trip. (Drew Angerer / The Washington Times) / (Associated Press)

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The Washington Nationals are counting on a complete recovery from elbow surgery for ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg. (Todd Anderson/Special to The Washington Times)

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Stephen Strasburg, talking to pitching coach Steve McCatty, was the story of 2010, first for his domination and then for his injury. With the former No. 1 pick gone for the season, the rotation has a few more question marks. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg attempts to bunt a pitch during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg signs autographs for fans after a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg reacts during a bunt drill at spring training on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during a spring training workout on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg fields a ground ball during a drill at spring training on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman (right) talks with pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) during spring training on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)