Evening Shade: Strasburg now only one step away from the Nats

Most weekday evenings, the Stew looks at a few approaching games that will be worth monitoring and mixes it with some light baseball reading. Discuss the night's happenings in the comments below.

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

Braves at Nationals, 7:05 ET Until then, Washington fans will have to wish each other a Happy Livan Hernandez(notes) Day. Not that it's been a bad thing this season: He's 3-1 with a 0.87 ERA.

• 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

D'Backs at Astros, 8:08 ET @Fryban points out that tonight's pitching matchup is an eerie one, especially for Texas — Ian Kennedy(notes) vs. Roy Oswalt(notes).

Joe Niekro's knuckler lives on ... in the arm of a 12-year-old girl. Fanhouse

Giants at Marlins, 7:10 ET Tim Lincecum(notes) gets a chance to keep up with the Jimenezes and Halladays of the world.

In the wake of the news that Dave Roberts(notes) is being treated for lymphoma, Joe Posnanski puts together a list of the 10 most famous steals in baseball history. Joe Posnanski

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.

How bad of a start has Nolan Reimold(notes) had for the Orioles? Well, this article on his struggles ends with "I miss Felix Pie(notes)." Ouch. Camden Chat

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