*The Nats return home for just their seventh home game since July 11. Stephen Strasburg will make his first start since being scratched on July 27. He missed the last 16 games after being placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation on July 29, retroactive to July 22. Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts with Washington. He has posted a .216 batting average against, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54.1 innings.
*Ian Desmond is batting second for the fourth straight game. He is batting .328 (19-for-58) with 6 RBI in 14 games in the No. 2 spot this season. Desmond has been on a tear since July 27–he is batting .381 (16-for-42) with one home run, five RBI and seven multi-hit games in 13 contests.
*The Nationals will recognize the career of baseball’s newest Hall of Famer and former Montreal Expos outfielder Andre Dawson tonight at Nationals Park. Dawson, who played 11 of his 21 seasons with the Montreal Expos, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., last month.
Dawson is one of only three players in the Hall of Fame with ties to the Nationals/Expos franchise, joining catcher Gary Carter and first baseman Tony Perez–only Dawson and Carter wear Expos hats on their Hall of Fame plaques.
Dawson–nicknamed the Hawk–was an eight-time All-Star who won eight Gold Glove and four Silver Slugger awards. He posted 438 home runs with 1,591 RBI and 314 stolen bases during his prolific career. Dawson joins Willie Mays and Barry Bonds as the only three players in baseball history to record 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases.
1. Hanley Ramirez – SS
2. Logan Morrison – LF
3. Gaby Sanchez – 1B
4. Dan Uggla – 2B
5. Cody Ross – CF
6. Mike Stanton – RF
7. Wes Helms – 3B
8. Ronny Paulino – C
9. Anibal Sanchez – SP (8-7, 3.50 ERA)
*On Saturday, Hanley Ramirez led off with his 25th career lead-off home run, and then in the 10th inning, drove in the game-winning run to make the Fish walk-off winners. Ramirez is the first Marlins player in franchise history to provide a lead-off home run and a walk-off hit in the same game.
1. Roger Bernadina – CF
2. Ian Desmond – SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
4. Adam Dunn – 1B
5. Josh Willingham – LF
6. Michael Morse – RF
7. Ivan Rodriguez – C
8. Adam Kennedy – 2B
9. Stephen Strasburg – SP (5-2, 2.32 ERA)
*The Nationals hit 15 home runs on their just-completed seven-game roadtrip, pacing MLB last week (August 2-8). The 15 long balls are also good for the most hit by the Nationals franchise on a road trip lasting seven games or less since the Expos went deep 16 times during a six-game trek from September 20-25, 1985.
*Adam Dunn enters play today leading the NL with 30 home runs.