Strasburg Ready to Give It His All

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Early on a sleepy weekend morning, the Washington Nationals’ spring training clubhouse just beginning to stir, baseball’s most celebrated and hotly discussed right arm lifted a bottle from a dressing stall shelf, holding it up for a visitor. The colorful label read: “BodyArmor Super Drink.” Stephen Strasburg, owner of that special and most carefully protected appendage, shrugged and said he’d grown up on Gatorade and this new nutritional product was “just something different to drink around the house.”

Strasburg has that bleached and raw-boned look — 6 feet 4 inches tall, a well-distributed 220 pounds, light hair closely cropped, scruffy goatee — that presents the appearance of natural body armor. Except we all know better,...

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