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Stephen Strasburg finishes the season strong

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In his final start of the season, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg struck out seven batters and walked just one over six scoreless innings tonight as part of a 3-0 win over the Braves. He’ll finish 2015 with a 3.46 ERA and 155/26 K/BB ratio over 127 1/3 innings.

That ERA doesn’t sound overly impressive on the surface, but it does when you remember that he looked lost early on. He struggled to the tune of a 6.55 ERA through his first 10 starts prior to hitting the disabled list with a left trapezius strain at the end of May. While he later missed another month with an oblique strain, he posted a 1.76 ERA over his final 13 starts. He allowed more than three earned runs just once in that time.

This has been a bitterly disappointing season for the Nationals, but Strasburg told Mark Zuckerman of CSNMA.com that he has learned something about himself along the way:

Next season will be a big one for the 27-year-old Strasburg, who can become a free agent after 2016.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.