"I thought he was going to check my glove," Strasburg said.
As it turned out, the ump only wanted to see the ball, which had bounced in the dirt on the throw to second following Strasburg's final warm-up toss. The Washington Nationals' ace was free to work his usual magic, which Wednesday night consisted of 10 strikeouts in seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-2 win that stopped a four-game losing streak.
"We kind of had a laugh on the bench," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "When the umpire came out, he wanted to look at the ball. Stras was getting ready to undress . . . He was ready to take everything off and have them search him."
Strasburg (9-1) prevailed in a fast-ballers' duel with newbie Chris Archer (0-1) to win his sixth consecutive start, allowing five hits and two runs.
Braun extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the third, then hit his 20th homer in the seventh.
Red Sox 15, Marlins 5: David Ortiz hit a grand slam for one of the Red Sox's four homers as host Boston set a season high in runs. Mike Aviles, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks also homered.
Indians 8, Reds 1: Justin Masterson (4-6) pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game this season as host AL Central-leading Cleveland capped a three-game sweep.