Friday, August 12, 2011

Nationals at Phillies: August 12th through August 14th

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Friday and Saturday 7:05, Sunday 1:35

Nationals 56-61, 4th Place in N.L. East, 21 games behind the Phillies
Phillies 77-40, 1st Place in N.L. East, 8 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

So Far in 2011:  The Phillies are 6-3 against the Nationals having most recently lost two out of three when they visited D.C. in late May.

Meet the Nationals: Manager - Davey Johnson has managed the Nationals since June 25th when he took over for Jim Riggleman, who abruptly resigned due to a contract dispute
Starters - Wilson Ramos (c), Michael Morse (1b), Danny Espinosa (2b), Ryan Zimmerman (3b), Ian Desmond (ss), Jonny Gomes (lf), Rick Ankiel (cf), Jayson Werth (rf)
Rotation - Jordan Zimmermann (rhp), Livan Hernandez (rhp), John Lannan (lhp), Chien-Ming Wang (rhp), Ross Detwiler (lhp)
Bench - Jesus Flores (c), Alex Cora (inf), Brian Bixler (of), Laynce Nix (of)
Closer - Drew Storen (rhp)
Bullpen - Colin Balester (rhp), Sean Burnett (lhp), Tyler Clippard (rhp), Todd Coffey (rhp), Tom Gorzelanny (lhp), Ryan Mattheus (rhp), Henry Rodriguez (rhp)
Disabled List - Cole Kimball (rhp), Elvin Ramirez (rhp), Doug Slaten (lhp), Stephen Strasburg (rhp), Ivan Rodriguez (c), Adam LaRoche (1b)

At the Ballpark:  It's Alumni Weekend at the ballpark.  John Kruk will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tonight and dozens of Phillies alumni including Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton will be in attendance for the ceremony.

Saturday Night is Alumni Night with nearly 50 former Phillies scheduled to be introduced in a pre-game ceremony.  Phillies lifer and current Lakewood BlueClaws coach Greg Legg will receive the John Vukovich Award.  Sunday afternoon will feature the unveiling of a Harry Kalas statue outside the ballpark.

Nationals Probables: Livan Hernandez (6-11, 4.41), John Lannan (8-7, 3.56), Chien-Ming Wang (1-2, 3.60)
Phillies Probables: Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53), Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84), Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51)

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