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Shortstop Ian Desmond will return after he missed only one game with a swollen right hand, the product of a fastball that drilled him Thursday night in Baltimore.

But Bryce Harper will receive a day off, his first, against left-handed starter Cole Hamels. Hairston will make his first start since June 15 with a match-up in mind. In his career, Hairston is 15 for 38 with five homers and five doubles against Hamels, good for a .921 slugging percentage.  Harper, meanwhile, is 8 for 28 against Hamels with one double and seven singles. Coincidentally, both Hairston and Harper have faced Hamels more than any other pitcher.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B,

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Scott Hairston, LF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Stephen Strasburg P


1. Grady Sizemore, CF

2. Jimmy Rollins, SS

3. Chasse Utley, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Marlon Byrd, RF

6. Cody Asche, 3B

7. Domonic Brown, LF

8. Cameron Rupp, C

9. Cole Hamels, SP