The Washington Nationals host the Pittsburgh Pirates in game three of a four-game series.

The collective sigh you'll hear from NatsTown(tm) tonight is the impending removal of Daniel Cabrera from the starting rotation, unless the Nats intend to go with six starters [shudder].

(--ed. From the manager himself: Cabrera goes to the pen. Oh man, is that not going to work).

According to the Dayton Daily News, Craig Stammen has been informed by the team that he will be called up tomorrow to start against the Pirates in the last of the four-game series.

Tonight, it's two soft-tossing lefties battling for respect.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (18-21, 6th in NL Central--6.5 games back; four-game win streak)

Morgan - LF
Sanchez - 2B
McLouth - CF
Monroe - RF
Adam LaRoche - 1B
Diaz - C
Andy LaRoche - 3B
Wilson - SS
Maholm - P

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (11-27-1, 5th in NL East--10.5 games back; six-game loss streak)

Guzman - SS
Johnson - 1B
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - LF
Kearns - RF
Belliard - 2B
Maxwell - CF
Nieves - C
Lannan - P


WAS: John Lannan (45.0 IP, 2-3, 4.00 ERA, 22 Ks, 16 BBs)
PIT: Paul Maholm (51.1 IP, 3-1, 3.51 ERA, 25 Ks, 15 BBs)


Clear and pleasantly cool, like a breath of fresh air knowing that the Daniel Cabrera experiment is over. First pitch: 74F; last out: 66F.