Jesus Flores Reinstated and Linups 9/4

Marlins:

Coghlan – LF

Johnson – 1B

Ramirez – SS

Cantu – 3B

Baker – C

Uggla – 2B

Ross – RF

Maybin – CF

West – P (LHP, 6-5, 4.22)

 

Nationals:

Maxwell – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Bard – C

Gonzalez – 2B

Mock – P (RHP, 3-6, 5.01)

 

 

 

“This is a special win,” said Nationals manager Bob Henley. “There’s a lot of guys on this team who were here last year when the Phillies celebrated at our stadium, so it’s very sweet for them, and definitely sweet for me.”

 

  • The Nats added left-handed pitcher Victor Garate to their Major League roster. Garate was acquired off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, after posting a 2.04 ERA (12 ER/53.0 IP) and .191 (36-for-188) batting average against in 47 appearances this season with Chattanooga of the Double-A Southern League. His earned run average ranks seventh among Southern League pitchers (minimum 50.0 IP). Garate’s 56 strikeouts rank tied for ninth among full-time relievers in the circuit and his 9.51 strikeouts per 9.0 innings rank seventh (minimum 50.0 IP). He has stranded 17 of 21 inherited runners in ’09. Garate’s first appearance with the Nationals will mark his big-league debut. He will wear No. 56.

 

  • Jesus Flores is back. Flores missed the last 105 games after going on the Disabled List (right shoulder) on May 15, retroactive to May 10. He injured the shoulder when he was struck by a foul tip on May 9 at Arizona. The 24-year-old has batted .311 (28-for-90) with three doubles, two triples, four home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games this season with Washington. Flores established himself on the Big League scene during his sophomore season in ’08, setting career highs with 77 hits, 18 doubles, eight home runs, 59 RBI and 90 games played. He ranked second in the NL with a .370 (34-for-92) batting average with runners in scoring position, and was the youngest catcher in the majors to start at least 55 contests behind the plate in ’08. In 195 career games at the big-league level, Flores has batted .261 (149-for-571) with 30 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 99 RBI.

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