Strasburg hits the hill for surging Nationals

As controversy continues to swirl about Washington's plan to shut down starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the young ace with the reconstructed elbow is scheduled to toe the rubber Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco as the Nationals square off against Tim Lincecum and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series between the NL playoff contenders.

Washington, which is listed as -135 favorites on the moneyline to defeat the underdog Giants (+115), had won eleven of their past twelve games before losing 6-1 at San Fran on Tuesday night. Strasburg is 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA, while Lincecum - the two-time former Cy Young Award winner - is just 6-12 with a 5.35 ERA.

On Thursday night the National Football League kicks off another week of preseason action with the Cleveland Browns listed as 3-point underdogs in Green Bay against Aaron Rodgers and the powerful Packers, while the favored Atlanta Falcons (-4.5) play host to the Cincinnati Bengals.

There is a six-pack of preseason tilts scheduled for Friday night, with Tennessee (+1.5) at Tampa Bay, Buffalo (+1) at Minnesota, Jacksonville (+7) at New Orleans, Miami (+4) at Carolina, Detroit (+2.5) at Baltimore, and Oakland (+5) at Arizona.

Also Thursday, the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship gets underway at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, with defending champion and U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson listed at 12/1 odds to successfully defend his title.

This will be the final event on the PGA Tour this season before the FedExCup playoffs begin next week at The Barclays featuring the Top 125 players (ranked by FedExCup points) on Tour.


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