Nats face the Phils

After taking the series from Cincinnati in last night’s 3-1 victory, the Nationals face off against division rival Philadelphia in a weekend series. Livan Hernandez and Roy Oswalt take the mound in a rematch of their previous starts.

Here are tonight’s lineups:



Jimmy Rollins – SS

John Mayberry – CF

Chase Utley – 2B

Ryan Howard – 1B

Hunter Pence – R

Raul Ibanez – LF

Carlos Ruiz – C

Wilson Valdez – 3B

Roy Oswalt – P




Ian Desmond – SS

Rick Ankiel – CF

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Laynce Nix – 1B

Jayson Werth – RF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Jonny Gomes – LF

Wilson Ramos – C

Livan Hernandez – P


*Michael Morse has the night off, so Laynce Nix will get the start at first base. In his career against Oswalt, Nix has hit .478 with three home runs.


*Stephen Strasburg is set to throw a bullpen session this evening. His next rehab start is currently slated to be at Single-A Hagerstown on Monday.


*Tyler Clippard picked up his 32nd hold of the season last night – that’s just one shy of the franchise record set by Jon Rauch in 2007.

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