Nats face Astros in first of three

With the rain appearing to have finally passed, the Nationals head into the weekend series against the Houston Astros. Tonight, Tom Milone and Bud Norris face off.
Here are tonight’s lineups:

Astros:
Jordan Schaefer – CF
Jose Altuve – 2B
Jason Bourgeois – RF
Carlos Lee – 1B
J.D. Martinez – LF
Chris Johnson – 3B
Clint Barmes – SS
Humberto Quintero – C
Bud Norris – P

Nationals:
Steve Lombardozzi – SS
Rick Ankiel – RF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – LF
Jayson Werth – CF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Chris Marrero – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
Tom Milone – P

*Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has said that, despite being activated from the Disabled List earlier in the week, Ivan Rodriguez is unlikely to get another start behind the plate this year. Pudge is only 158 hits away from 3,000. Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores will be used as the primary catchers for the remainder of the season.

*Jayson Werth, who hit a two-run bomb to the left field seats in yesterday afternoon’s game, has a .350 on-base percentage with a .268 batting average, six doubles, five home runs and 14  RBI in his career against Houston.

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