Kevin Keyes' two-run homer in the sixth inning gave the host Hagerstown Suns a 3-2 victory over the Lexington Legends, but Monday's game was secondary to the announcement of the Suns' starting pitcher for Wednesday's series finale:
The Washington Nationals pitching phenom, working his way back to the major leagues after Tommy John surgery last year, will make the start for the 7:05 p.m. game Wednesday.
Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said over the weekend that Strasburg would likely throw either four innings or 60 pitches in his next rehab start, whichever comes first. Wednesday will be his third rehab start.
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It will also mark the second No. 1 overall draft pick the Legends have seen this season. They played earlier against former Suns outfielder Bryce Harper, the top pick in 2010. Strasburg was the No. 1 pick in 2009 before taking the majors by storm in 2010.
Strasburg struck out 14 without allowing a walk in his major-league debut. He struck out 32 batters over his first three starts, a major-league record.