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Strasburg to debut in majors June 8

The Washington Nationals said after Monday's 14-4 win over Houston that prized pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg would make his major league debut against visiting Pittsburgh on June 8.

Nationals prospect has 1.27 earned-run average in five AAA starts

Stephen Strasburg is finally ready.

The Washington Nationals said after Monday's 14-4 win over Houston that their prized pitching prospect will make his major league debut against Pittsburgh on June 8 at Nationals Park.

The 21-year-old right-hander is first scheduled to start for AAA Syracuse at Buffalo on Thursday. General manager Mike Rizzo told MLB.com that Strasburg would throw six innings, or 95 pitches.

Rizzo told the website that he, pitching co-ordinator Spin Williams and pitching coach Steve McCatty mapped out a specific plan for Strasburg at spring training.

"We believe he is ready to go," Rizzo said. "We like that Stephen could bounce back from tough outings."

Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in last year's draft, is 3-1 with a 1.27 earned-run average in five AAA starts. In 10 minor league starts, including five with AA Harrisburg, Strasburg is 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA, with 60 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.

The two-time all-American from San Diego State star allowed three runs and six hits in five-plus innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night.

Strasburg signed a record four-year, $15.1-million US contract with the Nationals after he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft.