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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Jason Reid: Stephen Strasburg’s closing statement

For this morning’s newspaper, columnist Jason Reid wrote about Davey Johnson’s renaissance as Nationals manager. Then he wrote another column for the Web on Stephen Strasburg’s stellar performance in the Nats’ big win over the Braves. Reid writes:

What Strasburg did to the Braves was simply unfair.
When the right-hander consistently throws his 97-mph fastball for strikes — and has complete command of his knee-buckling curveball and off-the-charts changeup — opposing batters essentially step to the plate behind in the count. Strasburg’s command was as good as it gets in his fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and eighth of his career.

More must-reads from last night’s game: James Wagner’s game story and Rick Maese’s sidebar on Strasburg’s laser-like focus on his craft.

By Washington Post sports editors  |  10:32 AM ET, 08/22/2012

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