June 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Sports Update: A huge MLB debut, Lakers at Celtics

Stephen Strasburg will make his much-anticipated debut with the Washington Nationals today.

Monday, the Nationals took Bryce Harper with the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft. Today, the most important 48 hours since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005 continues, writes SI.com’s Joe Lemire, as Stephen Strasburg makes his debut. The top selection in last year’s draft, Strasburg flew threw the minors, going 7-2 with a 1.30 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 55 innings in Double-A and Triple-A.

He’ll take the Nationals Park mound for the first time against the Pirates (7 p.m., MLB Network) in what locals are dubbing “Strasmas.” D.C.’s baseball holiday headlines Tuesday’s sports docket, but it’s far from the only thing going on in the sports world. Here are a couple more highlights (all times Eastern).

Lakers at Celtics (9 p.m., ABC). The Celtics stole home-court advantage away from the Lakers to even The NBA Finals at 1-1 and set the stage for an epic finish, writes SI.com’s Chris Ballard. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/chris_ballard/06/07/lakers.celtics.game2/index.html). Boston will try and seize the upper hand at home, where they’re 7-2 this postseason.

Poland at Spain (4 p.m., ESPN3). Will Fernando Torres make his long-awaited return just in time for the World Cup? The Liverpool striker could play for the first time since suffering a knee injury as Spain tunes up for its run at the title.

By The Numbers

$1.6 billion. The Glazer family, which owns Manchester United, is $1.6 million in debt, according to a BBC report. Forbes has estimated the team’s worth at $1.8 billion, making it the most valuable team in the world.

1967. Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva improved to 8-0 with a win over the Pirates, giving him the best start in the team’s history since Ken Holtzman was 9-0 in 1967.

1. Red Bull Racing announced Mattias Ekstrom will fill in for Brian Vickers, who is out for the season with blood clots in his lungs and legs, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway later this month. Ekrstrom will become the first Swede to ever start a Cup race.

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