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Nice beginning for Stephen Strasburg

Nationals' ace makes it look relatively easy in victory over Cubs on Opening Day

Originally Published: April 5, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Even if Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg goes on to follow the wondrous career path laid out for him and collect a Jack Morris-like haul of Opening Day starts, his first one will assume a special place in his heart and mind for more than symbolic reasons.

Strasburg is making his first visit to Chicago this week, and Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood have made a distinct impression on him. In his own quiet way, he seems awed by the tradition, energy and ...

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