Stephen Strasburg's sensational start for Washington is selling tickets in Cleveland.
The Indians’ ticket office has been busy taking orders for the rookie right-hander’s second career start Sunday. Averaging a major league-low 15,468 through 25 dates, the Indians sold 8,100 tickets in the past seven days to the final game of the interleague series against the Nationals.
“We are excited to play host to the young man’s first major league road start,” said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians’ vice president of public relations. DiBiasio said about 2,000 tickets were sold Thursday.
Robert Jensen of Columbia, Md., was at the ticket booth an hour before the Indians played Boston. Jensen, his wife Janet and two neighbors drove to Cleveland and bought tickets to the next four games at Progressive Field.
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“Strasburg is phenomenal,” Jensen said. “We saw his first game and can’t wait for Sunday.
“Tonight, we’ll cheer for the Indians, then we’ll go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow and cheer for our Nationals. I bet a lot of Cleveland fans are going to be cheering for Strasburg, too.”
The Nationals said they are donating to the Hall of Fame a Strasburg hat and a ball from his 14-strikeout major league debut this week.
Strasburg also taped a Top 10 list of “Little Known Facts About Stephen Strasburg” for Thursday night’s broadcast of “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
ELLSBURY OUT SEVERAL MORE WEEKS
Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, limited to nine games this season because of broken ribs, will be sidelined several more weeks.
Ellsbury, who broke four ribs in a collision with teammate Adrian Beltre on April 11, was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles, where a new injury to the area was discovered.
Ellsbury will receive therapy and will work out doing non-baseball related activities in Arizona for a couple of weeks before the next course of action is decided.
A statement released by Yocum and Red Sox Medical Director Dr. Tom Gill said Ellsbury “will require several weeks of rest and physical therapy.”
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