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Open Thread...8/31 Giants at Nationals Game 1 of 3

Game one of three in RFK Stadium, Washington, DC features:

Kevin Correia (2-6, 3.84) vs Tim Redding (3-4, 3.10)

     After being swept out of two straight road series, the Washington Nationals return home to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC to take on the visiting San Francisco Giants.

     Washington will play behind right hander Tim Redding who makes the ninetieth start of his Major League career, including four against the Giants in which he has yet to register a W. Against San Francisco, Redding's (0-3) in 21.1 innings pitched, allowing 25 hits, 16 runs, 3 home runs and 9 walks.

     The Giants counter with converted reliever Kevin Correia on the hill to face the Nationals franchise for the seventh time in his five years in the Majors. Correia made two appearances in relief earlier this month when the Nationals were out West. The first was a blown save in which Correia gave up 2 hits and 3 runs without recording an out in a Nationals comeback win, and the second, two scoreless innings in the next night's contest.

     Austin Kearns is 1 for 5 in his career against Correia, but the one hit is a home run for the right fielder who has hit in 8 of his last 10 starts to raise his average to .264 in a somewhat disappointing offensive season for the twenty-seven year old.

     The Nationals took a split on the road during the Bonds-Bonanza earlier this month, and look to break a six-game slide back at home for the first time in ten games. 7:05 Eastern start time tonight as the fourth place team in the East (tied w/ Fla) welcomes the NL West's fifth place squad.

I'll check in to see if anyone's watching...