Counting on Stephen Strasburg

Nationals' strategy is short-sighted; ace should be available for playoff chase

Updated: May 17, 2012, 8:05 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

One hundred and eleven seasons ago, the American League began play. One charter member, the Senators, played in Washington from 1901 through 1960 before moving to Minnesota. A second incarnation of the Senators played 11 more seasons from 1961 until 1971 before moving to Dallas to become the Texas Rangers in 1972. In 2005, Washington received another team, the old Montreal Expos from the National League, who are entering their eighth year as the renamed Nationals.

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