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.


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


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