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15 Million dollar kid makes debut

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - 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.


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