Without Strasburg, Nationals beat Braves 3-0

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WASHINGTON (AP) - With Stephen Strasburg suddenly scratched,
reliever Miguel Batista was pressed into making his first start in
nearly two years - and the 39-year-old journeyman was rather

Washington's Batista allowed only three singles in five
scoreless innings, two throwing errors hurt Atlanta starter Tommy
Hanson, and the last-place Nationals beat the NL East-leading
Braves 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Batista (1-2) hadn't started a major league game since Aug. 25,
2008, for Seattle, and he didn't know he would be taking the mound
until minutes before the scheduled first pitch. That's because
Strasburg was supposed to making the 10th appearance of his
much-hyped career.

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