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Game 123: Nats at Phillies

Aug 21, 2010, 7:40 PM EST


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg faces his latest greatest challenge tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA โ€” In his brief time in the majors, Stephen Strasburg hasn't exactly faced a hostile scene on the road. His only starts away from D.C. have come in Cleveland, Atlanta, Florida and Cincinnati. None of those ballparks are known for their particularly voracious fans.

That all changes tonight, though, because from the moment Strasburg begins his warm-up in the center-field bullpen at Citizens Bank Park, a full house of Phillies fans will be on his case like he's never experienced.

This could be fun.

Adding to the drama, the Phillies have activated Ryan Howard off the DL after only one rehab game at Class A last night (he went 1-for-2 with a walk). The plan had been for Howard not to return until Monday or Tuesday. Wonder why he (and the Phillies) would want him back tonight?

Check back throughout for updates…

NATIONALS at PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (52-70)
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam Dunn
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. wayne - Aug 21, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Looking forward to the Stras-Utley match up. Like to see hard/up/in and soft/away. Hopefully Stras has the fortitude to knock him off the plate because the rest of our pitchers don't.

  2. Big Cat - Aug 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Utley is a great hitter. He is right up on the plate. His right arm is just about in the strike zone. Up and in Stra at 98mph!

  3. jamalik - Aug 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    bah why put willie in the 8 when you can have morse in the 5, esp given how bernie did last night? sad.

  4. Doc - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    This game is shaping up as real baseball. Phillies' demented fans, SS, Ryan Howard, etc. Hope Morse gets to join in the fun??Beat the cr@# out of the Phillies, Nats Team! Gooooooo Nats!

  5. Jim H - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    If Strasburg been reading any of the recent trash talk written by Philadelphia sports writers, he should be pumped. This could be a lot of fun.

  6. BQ - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    This might be his toughest opponent yet and I believe he will have difficulties tonight against so many lefties. As far as I remember, mostly lefties have hit home runs against him. Hafner, Pittsburgh guy, Adam Laroche, etc. Dan Uggla is the only right hander comes to my mind.

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    What's the surest thing in life?Death, taxes or Strasburg with a 5-0 lead?Go get 'em, Jesus. Send all these Phillie fans back home crying in their Yuenglings…

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Oh, Jesus. Shut 'em down.Next start: Opening Day, 2011 (if we're lucky).

  9. dj in Fl. - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Oh Dear!This is not good. SS really looked like he hurt something on that pitch.Glad we have Stammen to come in.Philly tv crew have had nothing but good to say about SS tonight. Say Riggs was smart to get him out without another pitch, not even a lets see how you feel throwing one.

  10. Michael J. Hayde - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    It'll be interesting to see how quickly Strasburg gets an MRI since they're out of town.

  11. slopitchtom - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Stras was definitely looking at his elbow when he grimaced. Be afraid, very afraid. I think that's his last time on the mound this year. Replaced in the rotation by Zimmermann.

  12. LoveDaNats - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    That means Marquis stays.

  13. dj in Fl. - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    A very fine night by Ian, at the plate and in the field.The Philly crew says their team just looks flat. They also talked about how the Nats took the crowd right out of the game in the first.Just breaks my heart for them to be so sad.

  14. dj in Fl. - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Icing on the cake by Bernadina.Great game hitting, fielding and managing.

  15. dj in Fl. - Aug 22, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Did I forget kudos to the pitchers, who 4 hit the Phillies.

  16. Michael J. Hayde - Aug 22, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to Roger Bernadina!

  17. BQ - Aug 22, 2010 at 3:55 AM

    Desmond has found his best position to bat at. So going into 2011, we might not be sure of who our lead off is but we know our #2 hitter and SS for sure. Our bullpen has been lights out lately. OMG, I hope fans didn't jinxed it tonight by talking about how great job they been doing. Lots of positives to take but one scary moment. what's up with SS?

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