Happy Mother’s Day

A win today will give the Nats their fourth series victory at home–sixth overall–and put them three games over .500 for the second time this season.


The Nats bullpen is back at full strength after working with six relievers for the past eight games. The Nats selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Doug Slaten from Syracuse and designated left-handed pitcher Matt Chico for assignment.


In 11 appearances with Syracuse, Slaten worked 17.0 scoreless innings to earn the promotion. In those 17.0 innings, Slaten was touched for just 11 hits and issued one walk. He struck out 17.


The 30 year-old Slaten is 3-5 with 13 holds and a 3.68 ERA (33 ER/80.2 IP) in 126 career big league appearances spanning four seasons (2006-09) with Arizona. His finest season came in 2007, when he posted three wins, seven holds and a 2.72 ERA in a career-high 61 games to help the Diamondbacks earn a post-season berth.


Marlins (14-16):

1.    Chris Coghlan – LF

2.    Wes Helms – 3B

3.    Hanley Ramirez – SS

4.    Jorge Cantu – 1B

5.    Dan Uggla – 2B

6.    John Baker – C

7.    Cody Ross – CF

8.    Bryan Petersen – RF

9.    Anibal Sanchez – SP (1-2, 4.06 ERA)

 Nationals (16-14):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Roger Bernadina – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (4-1, 0.99 ERA)

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