Sunday August 9th, 2015

It was a glorious return from the disabled list for Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

Not only did Strasburg strike out 12 batters in Washington's 6-1 win over the Rockies, he added a three-for-three day at the plate to pace the Nationals on the offensive end. He only had six hits in 60 at bats last season.

His final line of seven innings, one run allowed (on a Nolan Arenado solo shot), the 12 K's and the career-high three knocks made Strasburg the first Nationals pitcher ever to register 10-plus strikeouts and three hits in a game.

• CORCORAN: Slumping Nats need more than just Strasburg

Strasburg has made two separate trips to the DL this season, the latest with a strained oblique that had kept him out since July 4. Consider his contributions, expected or otherwise, a positive sign.

The Nationals are 57-52, 1.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East and four games out of the final wild card spot.

- Jeremy Woo

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