CLEVELAND — Stephen Strasburg simply shrugged.
Two starts, two wins, 22 strikeouts and millions of fascinated fans. But the Nationals rookie isn't buying the hype.
"Just another week, you know?" Strasburg said.
Coming off his 14-strikeout debut Tuesday, Strasburg had more trouble with Cleveland's mound than hitters Sunday, a 9-4 Nationals win.
In 51/3 innings, last year's top overall draft pick allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked five. One hit was Travis Hafner's, who turned on the right-hander's 100 mph fastball for a homer.
"With a guy like that, you have to look fastball," Hafner said. "He obviously has great stuff. He's really good."
Strasburg, 21, appeared destined to dominate but was bothered by loose dirt on the mound and twice requested repairs. After one of his two walks in the sixth, he kicked at the dirt.
"I wish I could have handled it a little bit better," he said. "It kind of got me into a little funk. But it's good to experience this now. If it happens again, I'll make the right adjustment."
Strasburg's appearance drew 32,876, Cleveland's second-largest this season. It included Indians Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who struck out 15 in his first major-league start as a 17-year-old in 1936. "It's real refreshing to see anyone with such talent come into the league," Feller, 91, said. "He'll have good days and bad, but he'll have a lot more good than bad throwing 100 mph."