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Strasburg to start on opening day for Nationals

Wednesday - 3/13/2013, 11:28am  ET

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits on the bench after being pulled in the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, March 11, 2013, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg will make his second opening day start for the Washington Nationals when the National League East champions open the season at home against the Miami Marlins on April 1.

Strasburg went 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA last season before he was shut down after 159 1-3 innings. The Nationals did not want to tax his arm in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. The decision to keep Strasburg on an innings count with Washington headed to the playoffs was the subject of debate last season.

The Nationals lost to St. Louis in a deciding fifth game of the NL division series last season. There is no innings restriction planned for Strasburg this season.


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