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Strasburg-mania

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  June 9, 2010 12:15 PM

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Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg will make his next start against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday and oppose David Huff (2-7, 5.46).

In a release put out by Indians public relations man Bart Swain, the Indians have sold 4,000 tickets for Sunday's game in the last week. They sold 1,400 tickets since yesterday morning and 1,000 since midnight. Strasburg became the first pitcher in Major League history with 14 strikeouts and zero walks in his Major League debut and struck out the last seven Pirates he faced.

According to Elias, since the division era (1969) only three other rookies did not walk a batter in a game in which he struck out at least 14. Roger Clemens in 1984 with the Red Sox (15 strikeouts, no walks), Dwight Gooden in 1984 (twice, 16 K's in each) and Kerry Wood in 1998 with 20 strikeouts, coming in the fifth game of his career.

MASN also announced that they set a ratings record according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings show that the Nationals game earning a 7.1 household rating as more than 165,000 households in the Washington region tuned in to watch an historic pitching performance. Among the key demographic of adults aged 25-54, the game earned a 4.4 HH rating, also a MASN record.

"For a Tuesday night in June against the Pirates, these ratings are simply stunning" said MASN spokesman Todd Webster.

The previous high was in August 2007 when Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's home run record against the Nationals in San Francisco.

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