Stephen Strasburg threw a career high eight innings in his return to San Diego Friday night.

May 17, 2013 Lineups: Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres


After a terrific homecoming start for Stephen Strasburg and a win on Thursday night, the Nationals look to secure a series victory with a win tonight. The Nats will send out Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.20) who has been strong in each of his last two starts after an inconsistent start to the season. The Padres will counter with rookie right hander Burch Smith (0-0, 54.00). Smith struggled mightily in his first career start last Sunday, giving up six runs in only one inning pitched to the Rays. Gio has had his own struggles in the opening inning of his starts this year, giving up seven runs in eight starts.

Washington Nationals:
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Steve Lombardozzi, LF
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Gio Gonzalez, LHP

San Diego Padres:
1. Chris Denorfia, CF
2. Everth Cabrera, SS
3. Chase Headley, 3B
4. Jesus Guzman, LF
5. Kyle Blanks, 1B
6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B
7. Will Venable, RF
8. Nick Hundley, C
9. Burch Smith, RHP

First Pitch 10:05 ET

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