Jun 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) and relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) celebrate a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Nats Face Lannan For First Time In Philly Opener


In many ways, John Lannan was emblematic of the dark days of the Nationals. He was the team’s Opening Day starter in 2009 and 2010 despite having an ERA around 4.00 his entire Nationals career, finishing his time with the team with a 4.01 ERA in six seasons. The Nationals lost a combined 196 games in those two seasons. Lannan failed to get a rotation spot when the Nationals were finally good, winning 98 games in 2012 as he spent most of the year with Triple A Syracuse. This offseason, he signed with the Phillies to be their fifth starter, and will face his former team for the first time today. He has struggled thus far this season with a 6.41 ERA in three April starts before going on the DL. He was reinstated recently and will make his first start in nearly two months today. Opposing him will be a Nat who is struggling more than Lannan ever did. Dan Haren (4-8, 5.70) has been absolutely lit up this season, allowing the most home runs in baseball. It marks a significant fall from grace for the former Cy Young contender, who finished third in the AL Cy Young race just two years ago with the Angels. He will have no help tonight, even though the Phillies are 24th in baseball in runs scored, Citizen’s Bank Park has seen the third most home runs hit of any stadium in the NL. Other notes: Denard Span will miss tonight’s game after fouling a pitch off his foot yesterday, and Adam LaRoche will sit in the middle of his 0-15 slump. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

 Jeff Kobernus CF

Anthony Rendon 2B

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Ian Desmond SS

Chris Marrero 1B

Kurt Suzuki C

Steve Lombardozzi LF

Haren RHP

Philadelphia

Ben Revere CF

Michael Young 3B

Jimmy Rollins SS

Ryan Howard 1B

Domonic Brown LF

Delmon Young RF

Kevin Frandsen 2B

Humberto Quintero C

Lannan LHP

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