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"Stuff-wise, command-wise, poise-wise, you name it," said first baseman Paul Konerko, who had both a strikeout and a single against Strasburg. "In a list of things you want from a starting pitcher, he has it all."
The game was decided after both Obama and Strasburg had departed. Mark Kotsay singled and scored on Alex Rios' infield hit off Drew Storen (2-1) in the 11th for the White Sox, who have won four straight and eight of nine. J.J. Putz (2-2) worked the 10th, and Bobby Jenks the 11th for his 14th save.
The Nationals have lost six of seven, with Strasburg accounting for the only victory.
"Stephen gave us a chance, like he's probably going to do every single time," said first baseman Adam Dunn, whose RBI double in the seventh inning drove in Washington's only run. "Our offense just stunk it up."
There was one other familiar Strasburg sight -- he again had trouble with the mound. He asked for dirt to be added to his landing spot twice during his start at Cleveland, and several times on Friday he tapped the mound at the spot where his right foot hits the ground.
Strasburg said he was just being cautious because he and Floyd have similar strides.
"I was just making sure I had a good landing," Strasburg said.
Strasburg allowed a run in the first inning on Pierre's infield hit, a bloop double and Rios' RBI groundout -- the first run he has allowed that didn't score on a home run. Then he settled down and didn't allow another runner to reach second base.
"We'll get to the point where we don't hold him back after six, seven innings," Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. "But right now that's not where we're at with him."
NOTES: Fans unveiled a huge banner in right-center field before the start of the eighth inning. It read: "MLB: Boycott AZ, Move the 2011 All-Star Game." The protest of Arizona's new immigration law was quickly removed. ... Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann (elbow surgery) threw a 35-pitch simulated game Friday and He hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment soon. ... Sox RHP Jake Peavy said his ailing shoulder was fine, and he'll pitch Saturday. His scheduled start Thursday was moved back two days.
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