March 20, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) during the spring training game against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Breaking: Strasburg to Start Opener Against Cubs

“Strasmas” will come on Opening Day this year for Nationals fans.

Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Nats when the open the season against the Chicago Cubs on April 5 at Wrigley Field. Manager Davey Johnson made the announcement today, just a few hours after Strasburg allowed two hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one, in a 2-0 spring training loss to the New York Mets.

Johnson told’s Dan Kolko and other reporters the decision was easy. Johnson said he’s been considering putting Starsburg atop the rotation since the winter meetings in December, and as the spring progressed, the decision became clear.

Strasburg will be starting his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010.  His first action since the surgery was  in September, when he pitched in five games with a 1.50 ERA. The team has said he will be limited to 160 innings this season.

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