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RHP Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a rough beginning Monday to toss six solid innings in the Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning win. Strasburg allowed four runs -- all in the first two innings -- on five hits and two walks while striking out 10. It was the 12th double-digit strikeout game in 76 career starts for Strasburg, who struck out eight of the final 15 batters he faced.

LF Bryce Harper appeared to dodge a concussion Monday. He was hurt when he hit his head against the leg of Mets 2B Eric Young while trying to break up a double play in the second inning of the Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning win. Harper remained on the ground for a few minutes but walked off under his own power, passed the concussion protocol and played the remainder of the game. Harper went 1-for-4 in the victory.

RHP Aaron Barrett earned the win in his major league debut Monday, when he threw a perfect ninth inning in the Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning victory over the Mets. Barrett, who never pitched above Double-A prior to Monday, is the 16th pitcher in history to win in his major league debut on Opening Day. Barrett was selected by the Nationals in the ninth round of the 2010 draft out of Mississippi, and he recorded 52 saves in 122 minor league games.

LHP Gio Gonzalez will make his season debut Wednesday when he takes the mound against the Mets at Citi Field. Gonzalez went 11-8 with a 3.36 ERA in 32 starts last season. He authored perhaps the finest performance of his career in his most recent outing against the Mets last Sept. 9, when he allowed one hit -- a seventh-inning infield single by PH Zach Lutz -- and two walks while striking out eight in a 9-0 shutout win. Gonzalez is 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets.

C Wilson Ramos may find out Tuesday whether or not he suffered another season-altering injury. Ramos left the Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning win over the Mets on Monday due to a sore left hand. Initial reports suggested Ramos suffered a broken hand, but X-rays at Citi Field were negative, and Ramos will visit with the Nationals' hand specialist during Tuesday's off day. Ramos played in just 103 total games the past two seasons due to a pair of knee surgeries and a chronic left hamstring injury. He batted cleanup Monday and went 0-for-3 before exiting.