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Friday, August 3rd
(All times eastern)
Miami Marlins (48-57) at Washington Nationals (62-42), 4:05 p.m. (DH)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Miami - Brad Hand (0-0, 0.00)
Washington - John Lannan (1-0, 2.57)
Game Two: Miami - Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.04)
Washington - Gio Gonzalez (13-5, 3.27)
(Sports Network) - Young left-hander Brad Hand begins his first major-league
stint of 2012 today, when the Miami Marlins visit Nationals Park in the opener
of a doubleheader and a four-game weekend series with the host Washington
A second-round pick of the Marlins in 2008, Hand made 12 starts in 2011 and
went 1-8 while posting a 4.20 earned run average and allowing a composite .241
opposition batting average across 60 innings.
Now 22 years old, Hand opened 2012 at Triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific
Coast League and was 8-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 128 innings while walking 54
batters and striking out 116.
He made two starts against the Nationals as a rookie and was 0-1 with a 4.70
ERA while surrendering five runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Miami starts righty Josh Johnson in the second game with the hopes that the
28-year-old Minnesota native will improve on an 8-1 lifetime mark against
The first-place Nationals open with lefty John Lannan, who makes his second
big-league start this season and 130th of his career.
Plagued by injuries, he made 19 starts at Triple-A Syracuse of the
International League and was 6-10 with a 5.24 ERA in 110 innings.
He debuted in the majors this year with a seven-inning stint against the
Atlanta Braves on July 21, allowing five hits and two runs in a 5-2 victory.
Lannan last faced the Marlins on Sept. 16, 2011 and took a 3-0 loss after
allowing all three runs on eight hits in six innings.
First-year Nationals righty Gio Gonzalez starts game two and faces the Marlins
for the second time in three weeks.
He was a tough-luck 2-1 loser in a July 14 game in Miami after allowing two
runs on five hits in six innings with nine strikeouts.
On Thursday in Atlanta, Chipper Jones went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a
run scored as the Braves topped the Marlins, 6-1, in the finale of a four-game
series at Turner Field.
Nathan Eovaldi's second outing in a Marlins uniform since coming over in a
trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers did not go as he would have liked. Eovaldi
(2-7) allowed six runs on eight hits in just two innings.
"I just keep going out there," Eovaldi said. "I have to try and put this one
behind me. Try and learn from what happened, learn from my mistakes."
Jose Reyes ripped a triple in the sixth inning to extend his career-best
hitting streak to 20 games, and Carlos Lee collected the only RBI of the night
with a sacrifice fly for the Marlins, who have dropped three of their last
In Washington, Ross Detwiler's arm and Adam LaRoche's bat helped the Nationals
salvage the final contest of their three-game set against the Philadelphia
Phillies with a 3-0 shutout.
Detwiler (6-4) scattered three hits, walked two and struck out three over
seven innings. The southpaw retired the last 14 batters he faced.
Tyler Clippard walked two batters in the ninth before striking out pinch-
hitter Ryan Howard to secure his 21st save of the season.
LaRoche homered, singled twice and drove in two runs for the NL East-leading
Nationals, who avoided getting swept by the cellar-dwelling Phillies.
The Marlins have won five of nine games between the teams this season,
including a three-game sweep in Miami from May 28-30.
The Nationals have not won the season series since 2007.
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