Tonight is the first game in an 11-game, 10-day homestand, and the opener on a four-game series with the dreaded Philadelphia Phillies. Keep an eye on your women and children this weekend.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (16-16, 2nd in NL East--1.5 games back, two-game loss streak):

Rollins – SS
Victorino – CF
Utley – 2B
Howard – 1B
Werth – RF
Ibanez – LF
Feliz – 3B
Ruiz – C
Blanton – P

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (11-21, 5th in NL East--6.5 games back, one-game win streak) :

Guzman – SS
Johnson – 1B
Zimmerman – 3B
Dunn – LF
Dukes – CF
Kearns – RF
Hernandez – 2B
Nieves – C
Lannan – P


PHI: Joe Blanton (34.1 IP, 1-3, 6.82 ERA, 28 Ks, 11 BBs)
WAS: John Lannan (39.1 IP, 2-3, 3.89 ERA, 20 Ks, 15 BBs)


Humid conditions may be accompanied by a scattered shower or thundershower, but any interruptions to the game shouldn't last too long. First pitch: 76F. Final out: 72F.