CLEVELAND: Stephen Strasburg already has gone national and not just for the Nationals.
His major-league debut against the Pirates Tuesday night was carried on the MLB Network. Now WTBS has won the right to air Strasburg's second big-league start, against the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. That game also can be seen on WKYC-TV3.
The MLB Network also announced today that it would televise Strasburg's third start, against the White Sox on June 18 at 7 p.m. So no matter how Strasburg pitches, he will be three-for-three in terms of national TV exposure.
Reliever Jamey Wright and utility infielder Mark Grudzielanek officially became former Cleveland players today when they cleared waivers and became free agents. Each can sign with the team of his choice, but the pickings might be slim.
Grudzielanek will be 40 before month's end and clearly is not the same player he was a couple of years ago. He seldom hits the ball hard, and his range has diminished at least a little. Wright probably would have to latch onto a team that needs middle and long relievers, but he no longer can be expected to consistently lock down and inning.
Former Tribe starter Bud Black, the manager of the Padres, will be one of Charlie Manuel's coaches in the All-Star Game. Manuel, manager of the Phillies, skippered the Tribe before Eric Wedge.
Leftovers: It took 60 pitches for Red Sox relievers Boof Bonser and Joe Nelson to retire the side in the eighth inning Wednesday night, when the Indians scored eight runs enroute to an 11-0 win....That shutout was Cleveland's first against Boston since July 25, 2007, and only the third against the Red Sox since 1997....Jack McDowell was the last Tribe pitcher to throw a shutout against Boston, that coming on Apirl 15, 1996.