May 2011

Nats recall Cole Kimball

The Nationals look to bounce back from last night’s disappointing extra-inning loss to Florida. Livan Hernandez takes the mound against one of his former teams. Livo won a World Championship ring with the Marlins in 1997 and was also the MVP of the World Series.

 Marlins:

 Chris Coghlan – CF

Omar Infante – 2B

Hanley Ramirez – SS

Gaby Sanchez – 1B

Logan Morrison – LF

Mike Stanton – RF

Greg Dobbs – 3B

John Buck – C

Anibal Sanchez – P

 Nationals:

 Roger Bernadina – CF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Jayson Werth – RF

Laynce Nix – LF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Jerry Hairston – 3B

Alex Cora – SS

Livan Hernandez – P

 *Ian Desmond is out of the lineup today after hurting his left quadriceps muscle while running the bases in last night’s game. Alex Cora starts at shortstop instead. In other injury news, Ryan Zimmerman has started jogging to rehab his recent surgery, though there is still no timetable for his return to the team.

 *In 33 games started against the Marlins, Livan Hernandez is 13-11 with a 3.73 ERA. He has fanned 138 while allowing only 15 home runs.

 *The Nationals announced today that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Cole Kimball from Triple-A Syracuse and have designated Brian Broderick for assignment. Broderick gave up last night’s go-ahead run to the Marlins. In 13.2 innings with Syracuse, Kimball did not give up a run. Kimball has gone 1-0 with five saves in 12 relief appearances this season for the Chiefs.

Nats vs. Marlins Game 1

The Nationals return home after a 4-5 road trip against some inter-division rivals. Tonight, they begin a three-game series against the Florida Marlins, who they took two of three games from last weekend in Sun Life Stadium.

 Marlins:

 Chris Coghlan – CF

Emilio Bonifacio – 3B

Hanley Ramirez – SS

Gaby Sanchez – 1B

John Buck – C

Logan Morrison – LF

Mike Stanton – RF

Omar Infante – 2B

Chris Volstad – P

 Nationals:

 Roger Bernadina – CF

Ian Desmond – SS

Jayson Werth – RF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Laynce Nix – LF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Jerry Hairston – 3B

Tom Gorzelanny – P

 *Tom Gorzelanny is surely the right man on the mound for the Nationals tonight—he’s 2-0 against the Fish with a 1.80 ERA in three starts. In 20 innings against Florida, he has struck out 15.

 *Having spent much of his career within the NL East, Jayson Werth has seen a lot of the Marlins. He’s has 53 hits with eight doubles, a triple and seven home runs off of Florida in his career.

 *Against Chris Volstad, Adam LaRoche has batted .400 while walking twice in 12 plate appearances.

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