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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Nationals prospect Strasburg wins minor league debut

Associated Press

ALTOONA, Pa. Top Washington Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg has won his minor league debut, throwing consistently in the 97-98 mph range over five innings for Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League.

Strasburg allowed four hits and four runs one earned with eight strikeouts and two walks. He also delivered an RBI double Sunday in Harrisburg's 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate Altoona for his first professional hit.

Strasburg threw 82 pitches and left with Harrisburg leading 5-4. He allowed an earned run in the first inning on a double and single, then three unearned runs in the fourth, when Harrisburg made two errors.

The right-hander from San Diego State was the No. 1 pick in June's draft and signed a record $15.1 million contract with the Nationals.