May 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Scott Hairston (21) hits a double against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Hairston Starts In Hopes Of Offense Against Hamels


Last night’s poor showing against lefty John Lannan exemplified the Nationals’ struggles against left-handed pitching. Those struggles were one of the reasons the team acquired Scott Hairston, who has hit lefties well in his career. Hairston will make his Nats debut and lead off tonight while Denard Span, hitting .154 against lefties this year, will sit. Hairston is 12-30 (.400) against lefty Phillies starter Cole Hamels in his career. Hamels is generally regarded as a great pitcher, but has struggled this year with a 3-11 record and 4.58 ERA. The Nats will start Taylor Jordan, who has a 2.70 ERA in his first two major league starts but has yet to pitch six full innings. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Hairston LF

Ian Desmond SS

Bryce Harper CF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Adam LaRoche 1B

Anthony Rendon 2B

Kurt Suzuki C

Jordan RHP

Philadelphia

Ben Revere CF

Jimmy Rollins SS

Chase Utley 2B

Domonic Brown LF

Michael Young 3B

Delmon Young RF

Darin Ruf 1B

Carlos Ruiz C

Hamels LHP

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