Anticipation builds for Stephen Strasburg's debut

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The anticipation is nearly over. The 21-year-old with the fastball that approaches 100 mph and the curve that freezes batters is about to take the mound in the nation's capital.

Stephen Strasburg is set to make his Washington Nationals debut Tuesday night.

Standing-room-only tickets went on sale Monday, all part of a rare Nationals Park sellout. The Internet is humming with offers for good seats. More than 200 requests for media credentials have been submitted, forcing officials to turn a dining area into a work space to accommodate all of those reporters with laptops.

"I'm looking forward to that first outing or two being out of the way," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "I know the attention's not going to go away completely, but the anticipation of the thing has been building since the draft — and before the draft — last year."


The Detroit Tigers have told the Hall of Fame they will donate the first base bag, Armando Galarraga's spikes and a ball from last week's near-miss perfect game at Comerica Park.

A blown call by umpire Jim Joyce at first base on what would've been the final out cost Galarraga the 21st perfect game in history. Galarraga's right foot was on the base, but Joyce ruled that Cleveland's Jason Donald beat the play Wednesday night.

Joyce admitted he missed the call and tearfully apologized in person to Galarraga after the game. The next day, the two met at home plate before the game and shook hands.

The Milwaukee Brewers released struggling pitcher Jeff Suppan during the final year of what was the richest contract in team history when he signed it.

The Brewers signed Suppan to a $42-million, four-year deal before the 2007 season, but he never pitched as strongly as he did in his three previous seasons in St. Louis. With the Cardinals, he won a World Series championship and was picked the NL Championship Series MVP in 2006.

The Boston Red Sox have put closer Jonathan Papelbon on the bereavement list.

The club also activated right-hander Boof Bonser, who had been on a rehabilitation assignment at triple-A Pawtucket, before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.

Papelbon, who is 1-3 with 13 saves, will be away from the team for three days.

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