Tonight’s Nationals-Giants lineups

Stephen Strasburg will take the ball tonight at AT&T Park, and the Nationals will ask him to do what aces do: stop a losing streak and snap them out of a rotten spell. The Nationals have been outscored by 17 runs over their past two games. It’s up to Strasburg to stop the bleeding. He’ll face Matt Cain in a duel of two aces, even if Cain has a 5.43 ERA.

There is some significant news in the Nationals’ minor league system. Left-handed pitching prospect Sammy Solis, who underwent Tommy John surgery in February 2012, will make his first start of the season tonight at Class A Potomac. The Nationals drafted Solis in the second round in 2010 and view him as a significant part of their future. In 2011, at low-A Hagerstown and Potomac, Solis went 8-3 with a 3.26 ERA.

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Bryce Harper, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Roger Bernadina LF

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Stephen Strasburg, SP

Giants

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

4. Buster Posey, C

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Brandon Belt, 1B

7. Gregor Blanco, LF

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Matt Cain, SP

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