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HOUSTON - APRIL 05:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits the ball against the Houston Astros on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on April 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 05: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits the ball against the Houston Astros on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on April 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Washington Nationals
@ Houston Astros

Monday, May 31, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Luis Atilano vs Roy Oswalt

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

DC Starting Lineup: (When It's Announced)...

  1. The Guzzzzzz - 2B
  2. NMIMH Nyjer "Two-Spot" Morgan - CF
  3. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B (Word.)
  4. The Big Trademark Single™ - 1B
  5. The Hammer Josh WIllingham - LF
  6. TAWH Thrillie Harris - RF
  7. Ian "The Future" Desmond - SS
  8. Carlos "Candy" Maldonado - C
  9. Luis Atilano - Showin' Up Oswalt - SP

LINKS:

Complete Coverage >


• For A Houston Astros Fan's Perspective, Check Out The SB Nation's Astros Site: The Crawfish Boxes.

• Today's Starting Pitchers Are Going To Stare At You Now:


Roy Oswalt

#44 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

6-0

190

R

R

Aug 29, 1977

'09 Stats - (8-6), 30 GS, 181.1 IP, 4.12 ERA, ERA+ = 102, 3.76 FIP, 42 BB (2.08 BB/9), 138 K's (6.85 K/9), 1.24 WHIP.

'10 Stats - (3-6), 10 GS, 69.0 IP, 53 H, 20 R, 18 ER, 7 HR's, 17 BB (2.22 BB/9), 69 K's (9.00 K/9), 2.35 ERA, ERA+ = 177, 3.20 FIP, 1.01 WHIP.

vs DC - (3-1), 12 G, 10 GS, 2 CG, 1 SO, 66.2 IP, 49 H, 23 ER, 4 HR's, 12 BB (1.62 BB/9), 52 K's (7.02 K/9), 3.11 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, .210 BAA.



Luis Atilano

#56 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-2

220

R

R

May 10, 1985

'09 Stats - Double-A Harrisburg/Triple-A Syracuse - (9-8), 23 G, 22 GS, 125.2 IP, 154 H, 61 R, 56 ER, 14 HR, 28 BB (2.1 BB/9), 66 K's (4.8 K/9), 1.45 WHIP.

'10 Stats - Triple-A Syracuse - (2-0), 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 9 K's.

'10 Stats - w/Washington - (4-1), 7 GS, 37.1 IP, 40 H, 21 R, 20 ER, 4 HR's, 19 BB (4.58 BB/9), 15 K's (3.62 K/9), 4.82 ERA, 5.22 FIP, 1.58 WHIP.

vs HOU - N/A


• Nats vs Oswalt:

Adam Dunn - 18 for 69, .261 AVG, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR's, 8 RBI's, 13 BB, 21 K's.

Cristian Guzman - 4 for 14, .268 AVG.

Adam Kennedy - 4 for 11, .364 AVG, 2 2B.

Nyjer Morgan - 2 for 13, .154 AVG.

Josh Willingham - 5 for 16, .313 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

Ryan Zimmerman - 3 for 10, .300 AVG, 2 HR's, 3 RBI's.

LINKS:

MLB Pro Blog - Bill Ladson: "Morgan to hit second vs. Astros"

"The only place I can move him is second," Riggleman said after Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Padres. "Nyjer is not going to play for you if he doesn't hit first or second. It doesn't make sense to put him anywhere else."

"Astros Outlast Reds 2-0 in 10" - The Crawfish Boxes - David Coleman

"Does this make up for the two straight stinkbombs on Friday and Saturday? Not really. Houston needs to be in more than three out of every five games. We'll see what kind of impression Roy Oswalt makes on Washington Monday."

NYT - Tyler Kepner - "Oswalt and Astros in Uneasy Limbo - Bats Blog - NYTimes.com

"But I understand where he’s coming from," Berkman repeated. "You get older, and the motivation to come to the ballpark gets less and less, especially if you’re not playing on a team you feel like has a chance."

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