Stephen Strasburg drawing a crowd at Triple-A

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Stephen Strasburg will make his Triple-A debut tonight and after averaging about 2,500 fans per game the Syracuse Chiefs have already sold out their 11,071-seat ballpark with hopes of additional walk-up sales making it the largest crowd in the venue’s 14-year history.
Chiefs general manager John Simone told that the Nationals haven’t informed him how long Strasburg will be in Syracuse, saying: “You hope there’s going to be more than one game. We’ve been told we’ll have him at least for Friday night. Even that one start can generate a lot of energy.”
Most likely Strasburg will spend the rest of May with the Chiefs before joining the Nationals early next month, but the team has kept its plans close to the vest. He’s scheduled to throw “six innings or 80 to 90 pitches” tonight after going 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts at Double-A.

Report: Alex Cobb expected to sign soon

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Update (5:36 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Orioles are close to an agreement with Cobb. The contract is believed to be at least three years and in the range of $50 million.


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to sign with a team soon. He notes that the Orioles are believed to be the favorite for Cobb’s services. Cobb has kept pushing for a multi-year contract rather than settling for a one-year deal.

Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA with a 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings for the Rays last season.

If Baltimore is indeed his next destination, Cobb will provide a much-needed boost to the Orioles’ starting rotation, which currently includes Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, and Chris Tillman.