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Strasburg notches first Major League hit

Strasburg notches first Major League hit

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg collected his first Major League hit in a 1-0 loss against the Royals at Nationals Park on Wednesday.

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Strasburg swung at a 1-2 pitch and singled to left field against Kansas City right-hander Brian Bannister.

Strasburg was left stranded at first when center fielder Nyjer Morgan grounded out to short to end the inning.

"I'm starting to see the ball a little bit better. My swing is starting to come together a little bit," said Strasburg, who is 1-for-6 this season. "I'm not saying I'm going to break out and start hitting all the time, but I just got lucky."

Getting his first hit was not Strasburg's biggest concern before the game. He was hoping he could advance runners with his bunting. In his previous start, Strasburg was not happy when he couldn't get a bunt down in a sacrifice situation.

Strasburg spent the rest of the week doing bunting and hitting drills with Tim Foli, the senior assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo, and pitching coach Steve McCatty.

"I was working on my bunting. I just didn't get an opportunity to try and get a bunt down today," Strasburg said. "I'm trying to keep it simple and not try to do too much."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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