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Strasburg's start with Potomac Nationals sold out

Thursday - 8/11/2011, 3:30am  ET

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg speaks at a news conference after starting for the Hagerstown Suns in a Class A baseball game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers in Hagerstown, Md., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery almost a year ago, pitched 1 2-3 innings. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Hank Silverberg,

WASHINGTON - It's the hottest ticket in town this weekend, and it's for an event that's 30 minutes outside the Capital Beltway.

The Potomac Nationals say the team has sold more than 7,000 tickets for the game pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will start at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge on Friday.

"We had standing room only and looked at putting people in creative places and all those tickets went as fast as we put them on line," says Potomac Nationals General Manager Josh Olerud.

Olerud says that includes selling tickets for the picnic area.

Strasburg is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will make his second rehab assignment. He pitched 1.2 innings for the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday, throwing only 31 pitches.

Olerud says the Potomac Nationals expect Strasburg to throw about 50 pitches Friday. That's about three innings.

Depending on Strasburg's recovery progress, it could be his only appearance for the minor league team.

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