Nationals open 2013 Beltway Series with Memorial Day clash

After a dominating performance by Stephen Strasburg and a series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals remain home to host the Baltimore Orioles and begin the 2013 Beltway series. The Orioles are 3 1/2 games back in the AL East, while the Nats are 4 1/2 behind the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals will attempt to win the game behind the left arm of Gio Gonzalez. After a slow start to the season, Gonzalez(3-2) has quietly put together a strong of five straight quality starts. The Orioles will counter with right hander Jason Hammel, a former Colorado Rockie who is 6-2 despite an ERA near 5.5. The Nationals will play the game without the services of superstar Bryce Harper, who is still dealing with lingering injuries.

Baltimore Orioles-
1. Nick Markakis RF
2. Manny Machado, 3B
3. JJ Hardy, SS
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Chris Davis, 1B
6. Matt Wieters, C
7. Steve Pearce, LF
8. Yamaico Narvarro, 2B
9. Jason Hammel, RHP (6-2, 5.37)

Washington Nationals-
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Ian Desmond, SS
6. Tyler Moore, LF
7. Roger Bernadina, RF
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Gio Gonzalez, LHP (3-2, 3.66)

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