Strasburg Opens Nationals 2013 Grapefruit League Season

By  //  February 23, 2013

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(ABOVE VIDEO: ESPN)

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – Amid much anticipation, Stephen Strasburg took the mound today for the Washington Nationals to open their 2013 Grapefruit League against the New York Mets at at Tradition Field.

In Strasburg’s first live action since the Nationals sat him down last September 7th, he gave up a two-run homerun to Ruben Tejada in the first inning, in which he threw 31 pitches – with seven consecutive fastballs ranging in the mid-90s. (facebook.com/Nationals image)

In Strasburg’s first live action since the Nationals sat him down last September 7th, he gave up a two-run homerun to Ruben Tejada in the first inning, in which he threw 31 pitches – with seven consecutive fastballs ranging in the mid-90s.

“When his mechanics stayed solid, he looked great,” said Nationals catcher Chris Snyder.

During the second inning, Strasburg set the Mets down in just 11 pitches, staying three pitches under his mandatory 45-pitch limit.

The Mets went on to win the game 5-3.

The Nationals will be back home at Space Coast Stadium for their Grapefruit League home opener against the Miami Marlins. Game time is 1:05 p.m.

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