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Strasburg's major league debut, June 8 against Pittsburgh, was everything the Nationals and their fans could have hoped for. Pitching in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Park, the 21-year-old right-hander met the high expectations placed upon him, allowing two runs over seven innings and striking out 14 without walking a batter. He flashed the entire arsenal, touching 100 mph with his fastball, showing off a sharp curveball and even dropping in a work-in-progress changeup now and then. Unfortunately for the rookie phenom, he injured his right shoulder after a dazzling 5-3 start. He is expected to miss the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

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