Nats' Strasburg to make MLB debut against Pirates

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The highly-anticipated Major League Baseball debut of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is set for June 8, the team announced on Monday.

Strasburg, who stands 6-foot-4 and has a high-velocity fastball and good off-speed pitches, is scheduled to make his final Minor League start on Thursday before taking the mound in the Majors for the first time against Pittsburgh.

The 21-year-old was the first overall pick in the 2009 first-year player draft and has been outstanding in Minor League competition, posting a 6-2 record with a 1.43 ERA and 60 strikeouts.

"We had a plan in place since spring training," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said on the team's website ( "We like that Stephen could bounce back from tough outings. We believe he is ready to go."

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)