Nationals-Phillies lineups

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The Nationals will face old friend John Lannan for the second time this season. Newly acquired outfielder Scott Hairston’s flight from Chicago was delayed and he isn’t expected until closer to game time. Dan Haren was activated from the disabled list after missing 14 games to make the start.

The Nationals will approach something close to a crossroads with their starting rotation tonight against the Phillies. Haren returns and will start trying to convince the Nationals he can trusted with a spot in their rotation. If Haren shows little improvement from his performance before shoulder inflammation sidelined him, the Nationals could step up their pursuit of a starter on the trade market. The holding pattern will cease, or at least start to thaw, tonight.

Haren will also try for a unique slice of history. As previously noted, he has earned a win against 29 of their 30 franchises and is missing only the Phillies. He can become the 13th pitcher to beat 30 teams and only the third active starter. He would join: Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett.

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Anthony Rendon, 2B

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Dan Haren, SP

 

Phillies

1. Ben Revere, CF

2. Jimmy Rollins, SS

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Domonic Brown, LF

5. Michael Young, 3B

6. Delmon Young, RF

7. Darin Ruf, 1B

8. Carlos Ruiz, C

9. John Lannan, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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