Chad Tracy (Alex Brandon/AP)

The Nationals will play the second half of their home-and-home meetings with the Tigers. They’ll face Anibal Sanchez tonight in the opener. Sanchez owned the Nationals when he pitched for the Marlins, but they finally beat him back in April, scoring three runs — two earned — off him in six innings.

The Nationals are making their first trip to Comerica Park since June 2010. In an AL park, the Nationals will use Chad Tracy as their designated hitter and bat him ninth. For the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera had been in and out of the lineup. He’s in there today and will face Stephen Strasburg, which is not the least compelling match-up you could think of.


1. Bryce Harper, LF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Denard Span, CF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Chad Tracy, DH

— Stephen Strasburg, SP


1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Torii Hunter, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Victor Martinez, DH

6. Jhonny Peralta, SS

7. Andy Dirks, LF

8. Alex Avila, C

9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

— Anibal Sanchez, SP