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Stephen Strasburg homers, shuts out Marlins

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg had a productive afternoon on Wednesday at home against the Marlins. The right-hander blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie, then went on to polish off a shutout.

The home run is the second of the season for Strasburg and the third of his career. Strasburg also singled in the seventh inning, going 2-for-4 overall. On the mound, he threw 110 pitches, holding the Marlins to six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Wednesday’s effort marked the second complete game of his career, both shutouts.

The Nationals, now 81-51, polished off a series sweep of the Marlins, extending their NL East lead to 15 games.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.