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Strasburg strikes out 6, Nats and Mets tie in 10

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm •  Published: February 28, 2013
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Washington prospect Anthony Rendon, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft, kept up his strong spring with a double and two RBIs. He is batting .417 with a team-high five RBIs.

Denard Span had his best spring game for the Nationals. He doubled in the first inning, then manufactured a run in the third when he walked, stole second and third and scored on a groundout by Jayson Werth.

Strasburg, who will not be on any kind of innings limit this season, was asked if he is motivated to show people what kind of pitcher he can be over the course of an entire season.

"I don't really care about showing people," he said. "I want to prove it to myself."

Strasburg mentioned that one of the pitchers he watched while growing up in the San Diego area was Jake Peavy of the Padres.

"He was a bulldog out there," Strasburg said. "Even if he had little nicks, little tweaks on (his) body, he was going to go out there and give it everything he has every fifth day."

"He was going to throw 200 innings every year. That's the kind of guy I want to be," he said.

NOTES: Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman is expected to make his spring training debut Sunday when he will serve as the designated hitter against St. Louis. ... Nationals LF Bryce Harper may have gotten a day off Thursday, but he'll be back in the lineup Friday against the Braves — and playing center field. Manager Davey Johnson said on the days he chooses to rest Span in CF, Harper could be shifted over. Harper played some center field last season. ... Catcher Kurt Suzuki hit in the No. 2 spot. Johnson said he simply wanted to make sure Suzuki got two at-bats before coming out of the game. ... Mets RHP Zack Wheeler did some motion exercises and felt better, Collins said. Wheeler was scratched from his Wednesday start because of a strained right oblique muscle. ... Collins said it's looking as if LHP Johan Santana will make his spring debut either March 10 or 11.