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MLB roundup: Strasburg has tightness in forearm

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg insisted he won’t miss a start.

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Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg insisted he won’t miss a start.

No matter how much he insisted he felt fine, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg didn’t look right to manager Davey Johnson from the time his first pitch sailed to the backstop.

As a result, there are new concerns about Strasburg’s health after he was examined by a doctor following Washington’s 3-2 loss to the Braves Monday night in Atlanta.

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‘‘I think he’s got a little tightness in his forearm,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘So they’re going to put him on some medication.’’

Johnson said the hard-throwing righthander will have to show he is ready to make his next scheduled start.

‘‘It’s too early,’’ Johnson said when asked about Strasburg’s status. ‘‘I'm sure he’s going to be examined every way you can look at him.’’

Strasburg insisted he won’t miss a start.

Strasburg had lost a career-worst four straight starts before pitching six innings and getting a no-decision. He is 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA.

Strasburg appeared to struggle to get comfortable on the mound, sometimes shaking his arm after a pitch. He gave up two runs and six hits, walking four and striking out eight.

‘‘His command was way off, so I knew something was off,’’ Johnson said.

Strasburg insisted he ‘‘felt good’’ physically but struggled with his control.

Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves ended a four-game losing streak overall after Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Astros 9, Yankees 1 — Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Brandon Barnes had three hits and three RBIs, and Houston coasted in New York.

In their first game in the Bronx as an AL team, the Astros peppered Andy Pettitte for 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs for the lefty. Pettitte (3-2) yielded his most hits and runs since Sept. 24, 2010, against Boston.

The Astros had 17 hits in improving the AL’s worst record to 8-18 and scored their first five runs with two outs.

Tigers 4, Twins 3 — Prince Fielder’s towering three-run homer in the sixth put Detroit ahead, and the hosts held off Minnesota for their fourth straight win.

Max Scherzer (3-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 innings. He struck out 10 without a walk.

Reds 2, Cardinals 1 — Mat Latos (2-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 17, and Cincinnati gave him an early lead to work with in St. Louis.

Adam Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in after Shin-soo Choo doubled on his first offering, advanced on a sacrifice, and scored on Joey Votto’s single.

Marlins 4, Mets 3 — Nick Green drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly and host Miami rallied for two runs in the 15th inning to hand New York its fifth consecutive loss.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton limped out of the game in the 10th inning with a strained right hamstring and was placed on the 15-day DL.

Indians 9, Royals 0 — Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) pitched into the eighth, Ryan Raburn hit a pair of homers, and Cleveland gained a split of the four-game series at Kansas City.

Brewers 10, Pirates 4 — Yovani Gallardo (3-1) tossed three-hit ball over seven innings and hit one of five homers by host Milwaukee.

Cubs 5, Padres 3 — Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs to give host Chicago its fifth win in seven games.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4 — Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping visiting San Francisco end a five-game losing streak.

Mariners 6, Orioles 2 — Michael Saunders homered in his first at-bat since he was activated from the disabled list and Joe Saunders pitched his eighth career complete game to lead Seattle in front of the smallest crowd ever at Safeco Field (9,818).

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