John Lannan to pitch in Friday’s doubleheader


(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

New rules implemented for this season allow a 26th player to be called up for a doubleheader, and the Nationals have already called on Lannan to do so this season. He played the role of hero in the second game of a doubleheader on July 21 when he stopped a two-game losing streak against the Atlanta Braves and pitched a brilliant seven innings, allowing only two runs on five hits on a rainy night.

Lannan, a 27-year-old left-hander, has a career 3.99 ERA in 129 starts for the Nationals and has been the team’s opening day starter twice. Lannan, making $5 million this season, was sent to Syracuse to following spring training after Ross Detwiler earned the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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