Washington Nationals' prospect Stephen Strasburg is set to make the most celebrated major league pitching debut in years.
The anticipation of his coming-out party rivals the debuts of two other prodigies: LeBron James’ 2003 NBA christening and Sidney Crosby’s 2005 NHL arrival.
David Price can relate. So can Tim Lincecum and Clay Buchholz.
“He knows he’s a big leaguer,” said Price, dubbed a can’t-miss prospect before joining the Tampa Bay Rays. “He wants to prove to everybody else he is a big leaguer.”
And everybody wants to see if can live up to the hype.
Price made his highly anticipated pitching debut as a reliever at Yankee Stadium and the former Vanderbilt star allowed two runs and three hits over 5 innings.
Both James and Crosby played well in their openers.
James scored 25 points on 12-of-20 shooting and finishing with six rebounds, nine assists and four steals in his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a 14-point road loss at Sacramento.
Crosby assisted on Pittsburgh’s only goal in a loss to New Jersey in his Penguins debut. He scored his first goal in the team’s home opener.
Tuesday, all eyes with be on Strasburg; the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft out of San Diego State who signed a record $15.1 million, four-year deal.
St. Louis signed outfielder Randy Winn, looking to provide more depth to their bench. Winn, a former Seattle Mariners switch-hitter with a .285 career average, hit .213 with one homer and 8 RBI in 29 games with the Yankees before he was designated for assignment last month. … Brad Bergesen was removed from the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation and assigned to provide relief to an overworked bullpen. … Nationals catcher Carlos Maldonado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a fractured right thumb. The team added former Seattle catcher Jamie Burke from Triple-A Syracuse. … Struggling pitcher Oliver Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mets because of a sudden — and somewhat convenient — injury to his right knee. The move was made retroactive to Tuesday, and it solved a roster problem for the Mets. Left-hander Jonathon Niese came off the disabled list to start against Florida, so New York needed to open a spot for him. … The Rangers called up right-hander Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start against the Tampa Bay Rays. They optioned right-hander Pedro Strop to Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot. … Kansas City outfielder Rick Ankiel and left-handed pitcher John Parrish, who missed more than 30 games because of injuries, will start minor league rehab assignments Tuesday. … Boston recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned reliever Scott Atchison to the same minor league club.