Stephen Strasburg's major-league debut was nationally televised.
His second start will be, too.
TBS announced today that it has switched its Sunday telecast away from the Phillies-Red Sox game, to a Nationals-Indians game it would have absolutely no interest in if not for Strasburg.
The game starts at 1 p.m. EDT.
As for Strasburg III, Strasburg IV, etc., all we know for now are the expected days he'll pitch (barring rainouts that alter the Nationals rotation). Nats manager Jim Riggleman told reporters Wednesday that he plans to use Strasburg every five days between now and the All-Star break, which means he would go on June 18 (home vs. White Sox), June 23 (home vs. Royals), June 28 (at Atlanta), July 3 (home vs. Mets) and July 8 (home vs. Padres).
Not a bad plan for the Nationats marketing department, with five of Strasburg's first seven scheduled starts coming at home. (A quick check on the Nationals website showed that tickets are still available, although the highest-priced seats appear to be gone for the June 18 game.)