Donald Trump was wrong about the Stephen Strasburg shutdown


Remember the Stephen Strasburg shutdown? That time in 2012 when Strasburg, not terribly removed from Tommy John surgery, was given a hard innings cap, the Nationals didn’t use him in the 2012 NLDS and then they lost the series in five games? And remember how, in 2013, the Nats underperformed and pundits continued to argue that the Strasburg shutdown not only cost the Nats the 2012 NLDS — which it probably didn’t, but never mind that — but also somehow cursed them going forward?

Yeah, that was something of a drag. A drag other teams who later dealt with fragile, recovering starters avoided because, unlike Mike Rizzo and the Nats, they didn’t make a big show of announcing a hard innings cap. Maybe that messed with Matt Harvey and the Mets last year, but since no one with the Mets made a super big show of it like Rizzo did, it’s mostly being ignored. Mostly.

Anyway, today I was reminded that the first guessers were, in some cases, just as wrong as the second guessers about all of the consequences of the Strasburg shutdown. And one of those first guessers WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

Strasburg, of course, just signed a multi-year extension with the Nationals on relatively team-friendly terms.

Donald Trump: wrong for the Nationals baseball decisions, wrong for America.

Alvarez’s bases-clearing double sends Astros past White Sox

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HOUSTON – Yordan Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night for their first win of the season.

Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer in the sixth and made a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh to rob Andrew Benintendi of extra bases and keep the World Series champion Astros within one run.

Eloy Jimenez hit two RBI doubles for the White Sox, both off Astros starter Cristian Javier.

Jimenez’s first double scored Tim Anderson in the first inning. In the sixth, Javier gave up three straight doubles to Benintendi, Jimenez and Joan Moncada to make it 3-0 and end his night.

White Sox reliever Kendall Graveman (0-1) loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh on two walks and a single. Jake Diekman came on and gave up Alvarez’s double to deep left-center, a drive that just eluded Luis Robert Jr. and bounced off the wall, clearing the bases.

Four Astros relievers each worked one scoreless inning. Seth Martinez (1-0) got the win and Rafael Montero handled the ninth for his first save.

Chicago starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.


White Sox INF Andrew Vaughn, who hit a go-ahead two-run double in Thursday’s season-opening win, did not play. Vaughn experienced lower back issues during spring training. Gavin Sheets started at first base.


Astros outfielder Corey Yulks, a Houston-area native, singled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-4 in his major league debut.


Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife, Whitney, presented the team and staff with their 2022 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony.


Astros: LHP Blake Taylor, who is on the 15-day injured list with a left elbow strain, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land.


The four-game season-opening series continues Saturday when Houston’s Jose Urquidy faces Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.