WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg has never pitched like this, not for a somewhat-prolonged stretch. At least not since he came into anyone's consciousness outside of his hometown of San Diego.

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound Tuesday night at Chase Field with even more eyes focused on him than usual, everyone wondering if he

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PHOENIX — The Nationals have always known Wilson Ramos could hit, with the obvious caveat always inserted to the end of that statement: “If he stays healthy.”

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PHOENIX — Plenty of members of the Nationals' roster and coaching staff had seen Yunel Escobar over the years and thought they had a decent sense of him as a player.

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PHOENIX — Denard Span dug in, Josh Collmenter went into his funky, tomahawk-style windup and tried to sneak an 84-mph cutter over the inner half of the plate and then the ball went soaring toward

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