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Strasburg returns

Wed., Sept. 7, 2011, midnight

Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg looked like his old self. (Associated Press)
Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg looked like his old self. (Associated Press)

The Washington Nationals reactivated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 60-day disabled list in time for him to make Tuesday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery a little more than a year ago. He’s made six rehab starts, and was 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA with 29 strikeouts and three walks.

The former No. 1 overall pick shut out the Dodgers for all five innings he pitched. He allowed just two hits while striking out four batters and walking none. His fastball reached 99 mph and 40 of his 56 pitches were called strikes. He left the game holding a 3-0 lead.

Strasburg received a no-decision after the Nationals’ bullpen gave up seven runs in the loss.

Beckett to miss next start, Lester to replace

Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett has a sprained right ankle and will miss his next scheduled start.

Beckett left in the fourth inning of Monday’s start at Toronto after experiencing pain in his ankle on consecutive pitches. He flew back to Boston on Tuesday to be examined by a specialist.

The MRI exam revealed no damage to Beckett’s ankle tendons or his Achilles tendon.

He will be replaced by Jon Lester.

Marlins shake up baseball operations

The Florida Marlins shook up their baseball operations by hiring Marty Scott to replace Jim Fleming as vice president of player development. Fleming has been reassigned to become special assistant to Larry Beinfest, president of baseball operations

Owner Jeffrey Loria expressed disappointment earlier this season with the state of the Marlins’ minor league system. The team has had little draft success in recent years, especially in the first round.

Around the bases

The Milwaukee Brewers plan to activate Rickie Weeks from the 15-day disabled list soon to allow him time to ease his way back from a sprained left ankle. … The New York Yankees have promoted right-handed pitchers Hector Noesi, George Kontos and Andrew Brackman and outfielder Greg Golson from Triple-A. … The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Adam Loewen from Triple-A Las Vegas. … Infielder Nick Punto has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals.


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