Nationals' Savior Gets First Spring Training Start

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    NBCWashington.com
    Stephen Strasburg

    The anticipation is almost over. On Tuesday, Washington Nationals No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg pitches for the first time in a professional baseball game.

    Nationals fans will get to see the fireballer on television. The game will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. on MASN. Spring training games are not usually shown on television, so this broadcast shows how much Strasburg's potential means for the organization.

    The Nats face the Detroit Tigers, and the rookie pitcher has all the Tigers talking.

    "It's going to be exciting facing him," slugger MIguel Cabera told the Detroit Free Press.  "Everyone is talking about him. He's the future for Washington. Let's see what he's got. I'm excited to face him."

    Strasburg will likely pitch two innings or throw 20 to 30 pitches. Cabrera, an all star, probably will get just one at bat against him.

    "I'm going to swing the bat," Cabrera said. "I'm sure he throws hard. I'm going to be ready."

    Strasburg does in fact bring it. He can throw his fastball 100 mph. In the fall league, Strasburg went 4-1 with 23 strikeouts in just 19 innings.

    You may not see triple digits in his first Grapefuit League game, but Nats fans are just a few months away from seeing their savior take the mound for real.