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|Strasburg Breaks Strikeout Record; White Sox Win in Extra Innings
|WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg set a strikeout record in front of President Barack Obama, but both had left the game by the time the Chicago White Sox won it in the 11th.
The baseball holiday, every fifth day, known as Strasmas was again a spectacle Friday night. The 21-year-old rookie sensation struck out 10 to run his tally of Ks to an unprecedented 32 through three starts, yet he experienced his first no-decision in the White Sox's 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Mark Kotsay singled and scored on Alex Rios' infield hit off Drew Storen (2-1) in the 11th inning for the White Sox, who have won four straight and eight of nine. J.J. Putz (2-2) worked the 10th to get the win, and Bobby Jenks the 11th for his 14th save.
President Obama left in the ninth inning with the score tied at 1-1. Even though the game wasn't over, he stayed long enough to see Strasburg set a record for most strikeouts by a pitcher in his first three major league starts. The 21-year-old phenom's 32 strikeouts through three starts beat the record of 29 set by the Houston Astros' J.R. Richard in his first three starts in 1971.
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