Nats look to take the rubber game


Furcal – SS

Ethier – RF

Ramirez – LF

Kemp – CF

Loney – 1B

Belliard – 2B

DeWitt – 3B

Martin – C

Padilla – RHP (11-6, 4.52)



Harris – CF

Desmond – SS

Dunn – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Burke – C

Martin – RHP (5-4, 4.21)


*This is the fifth game this season that Adam Dunn is batting third. He is seeking his first home run in the three hole and is batting .286 (4-for-14) with two RBI and three walks.


*Nyjer Morgan fractured his left hand while swiping third base on August 27th at Chicago and it has left a hole in the lineup. In 51 games with Morgan, the Nationals scored 5.03 runs per game thanks to a .276 team batting average, a .347 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging mark. In 22 games since Morgan’s injury, the Nationals are averaging 3.3 runs per game and have put up .230/.305 /.363 numbers.


*Rookie Ian Desmond gets his fourth start at shortstop. He has started one game in right field and five games at second base.


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