Karns Makes Second Career Start As Nats Look To Win Series


May 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals staring pitcher Nathan Karns (57) throws during the first inning against the Balitimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsNathan Karns will make his second career start this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves as the Nationals try and win the series and gain a game on first place Atlanta in the NL East. Karns, who worked 4.2 innings in a mediocre first start versus the Baltimore Orioles, looks to go deeper into this game and showcase the fastball-curve combination that led to his being named as a consensus top 100 prospect. The hard throwing righty will be opposed by will be opposed by veteran lefty Paul Maholm. Maholm, who has had a rough stretch recently after a phenomenal start to the season, will attempt to pick up his seventh victory of 2013.
Lineups: Washington Nationals (28-28)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Steve Lombardozzi, LF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Ian Desmond, SS
6. Tyler Moore, RF
7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Jhonatan Solano, C
9. Nathan Karns, RHP (0-0)

Atlanta Braves: (33-22)
1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
2. Ramiro Pena, 3B
3. Justin Upton, RF
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Evan Gattis, LF
6. Brian McCann, C
7. Dan Uggla, 2B
8. B.J. Upton, CF
9. Paul Maholm, LHP(6-4)

First Pitch 1:35 ET