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Strasburg Ks 12, Nats take 3-0 NLCS lead

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WASHINGTON (AP) More than 100 pitches in, Stephen Strasburg was adamant he wasn't quite ready to leave the latest superb start by a Nationals pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series - a win that put Washington on the verge of the city's first World Series in 86 years.

It was the seventh inning, and manager Dave Martinez noticed Strasburg had flexed his right leg and reached for that hamstring. So the skipper and a trainer went to the mound to check on their guy.

"I was trying to explain to him, `Hey, you just grabbed your hamstring, so there's a little concern,'" Martinez recalled. "He said, `No, I cramped up. It's fine. I always cramp up.' He said, `I'm staying in the game. I want to finish this inning.' I said, `You sure you're all right?' He said, `I'm in the game!'"

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