The Washington Nationals return home for a nine-game homestand, starting with a series with the San Francisco Giants.

The Nats are scheduled to face Tim Lincecum, last year's Cy Young award winner, Randy Johnson, a five-time Cy winner and pitching for his 300th career victory, and Matt Cain, who is pitching better than either one of them so far this season.


Also, the team activated Elijah Dukes, star of multiple MASN "Defining Moment" ads, from the disabled list and put RP Kip Wells on the 15-day DL with a "right adductor strain".

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (25-24, 2nd in NL West--8.5 games back; one-game win streak)

Rowand - CF
Renteria - SS
Winn - RF
Molina - C
Sandoval - 1B
Lewis - LF
Uribe - 3B
Burriss - 2B
Lincecum - P

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (13-36-1, 5th in NL East--15.5 games back; six-game loss streak)

Guzman - SS
Johnson - 1B
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - LF
Dukes - RF
Harris - CF
Bard - C
Hernandez - 2B
Stammen - P


SF: Tim Lincecum (65.1 IP, 4-1, 3.03 ERA, 84 Ks, 19 BBs, One Cy Young award)
WAS: Craig Stammen (11.1 IP, 0-1, 5.56 ERA, 5 Ks, 3 BBs, Two career starts)


Warm and humid, slight chance of isolated shower or t-storm. First pitch: 82F. Final out: 77F.


As you are no doubt aware by now, the Nationals fired pitching coach Randy St. Claire (last night actually, announced today), and replaced him with Steve McCatty, the four-year Triple-A pitching coach.