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Stephen Strasburg shines in surprise start as Nats force Game 5 with Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Stephen Strasburg was so sick, he almost missed Game 4. Then he was so sick, he won Game 4.

Strasburg’s performance against the Chicago Cubs was so sick -- as in ridiculously good -- that nobody could’ve seen it coming. The Washington Nationals righty, who was pumped full of antibiotics and IV fluids just so that he take the mound after initially being ruled out on Tuesday, was even better than he was in his dominating series-opening outing, when he set a Nats/Expos franchise record with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.