May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) in the dugout prior to playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals defeated the Phillies 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Nationals start a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three in Boston, Massachusetts' Fenway Park. 23-year-old Nats' right-hander Stephen Strasburg makes his first career start in the 100-year-old park and the 12th start of his 2012 campaign on the heels of a strong outing in Atlanta in which the '09 no.1 overall pick held the Braves scoreless over 7.0 IP, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out nine. 11 starts and 65.0 IP into his first full-season following Tommy John surgery in 2010, Strasburg has a (6-1) record after the win over the Nats' NL East rivals, with baseball's fifth-lowest ERA (2.35), third-lowest FIP (2.32), second-lowest xFIP (2.52), third-highest K/9 (10.94) and seventh-highest (+2.1) fWAR. Strasburg's never faced the Red Sox before, but the third-year pro is (2-1) in four starts and 23.1 IP in Interleague play, having given up 19 hits and six runs, four earned while walking six (2.31 BB/9) and striking out 35 (13.50 K/9). Here's the lineup Nats' manager Davey Johnson has playing the field behind Strasburg tonight and taking on the Red Sox' Felix Doubront. No Steve Lombardozzi, who's .105/.227/.158 line against left-handers this year has him sitting in the Nationals' right-hand heavy lineup. Tyler Moore, who was called back up yesterday when Carlos Maldonado was placed on the DL, will have the pleasure of dealing with the Green Monster tonight in Fenway:
Tonight's lineup: espinosa, 2b; harper, cf; zim, 3b; morse, dh; laroche, 1b; desmond, ss; nady, rf; moore, lf; flores, c; strasburg, p.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 8, 2012
• While the Nationals are in Fenway, 23-year-old 1B Chris Marrero will be in the High-A Potomac Nationals' lineup, serving as the P-Nats' DH according to MASNSports.com's Byron Kerr's sources. Marrero's already played two games with the Hagerstown Suns, going 1 for 4 with a double, a walk and a K:
Marrero, who was likely going to be part of Davey Johnson's bench this season, tore his hamstring playing Winter Ball and had to undergo surgery which has sidelined him until he joined the low-A Suns this week.
• The Nationals and Red Sox start up at 7:10 pm EDT.