• Stephen Strasburg's(notes) path to the majors took another step on Tuesday as the Nationals promoted him to Triple-A Syracuse. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that at this rate, Strasburg's first start with the big league team will come against Cincinnati on June 6. Nats Journal
• Because he believes fans simply want to see the ball put into play, Tom Verducci thinks increased walks and strikeouts are hurting the game. I don't mind seeing worked counts and patient hitters, but does Tom have a point? Sports Illustrated
• Joe Niekro's knuckler lives on ... in the arm of a 12-year-old girl. Fanhouse
Cardinals at Phillies, 7:05 ET After Tasegate, Philadelphia fans are hoping that Cole Hamels(notes) is the only one who shows up with electric stuff tonight. He'll face Adam Wainwright(notes) in what's arguably the best pitching matchup of the night.
• I really don't want to believe Vince Grzegorek on this one, but I don't know why he'd possibly make up that the Indians are giving away Whitesnake CDs at games. (Then again, it's possible that Cleveland radio stations are just starting to play Whitesnake and this ranks as a pretty good prize.) '64 and Counting
Rays at Mariners, 10:10 ET Baseball's best team takes its show on the road for a nine-game swing through Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles.
- Tom Verducci