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 MLB.com 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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.