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|Strasburg K's 14 in MLB Debut for Nats
|WASHINGTON (AP) -- Over-hyped? Are you kidding? Stephen Strasburg went beyond the hype, and anyone's reasonable expectations, by striking out 14 batters in his electric major league debut.
With a standing-room-only crowd cheering every pitch, the Washington Nationals phenom put on a dazzling display of pitching power Tuesday night in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh. His fastballs reached 100 mph, and the Pirates found his nasty curves nearly impossible to hit.
Last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, the one with the record $15.1 million contract, threw his first pitch 97 mph and got stronger as the game progressed. He struck out the last seven batters he faced, and all nine Pirates in the starting lineup fanned at least once.
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