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Game 143: Nats at Mets

Sep 12, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan rejoins the Nationals rotation tonight at Citi Field.

NEW YORK — Tonight was supposed to feature the Great Stephen Strasburg Shutdown Circus, live from New York City. But as you know by now, the Nationals put a stop to that before they ever left Washington.

So instead John Lannan rejoins the rotation for tonight's series finale against the Mets, pitching just a hop, skip and a jump away from his childhood home on Long Island, eager to prove he can handle the pressure of pitching in a pennant race.

Lannan won't, however, have two regulars behind him in the field: Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa. Morse is out at leas a couple of days with a lingering left hand injury. (He was due to be examined today, so hopefully we'll get an update soon.) Espinosa, meanwhile, left the club to be with family following his grandmother's death. He's scheduled to rejoin the Nationals Friday in Atlanta, so he'll miss only one game.

Updates to come, please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (88-54)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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212 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    WOOOOOO (PHEW) HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!.. SWEEP.. How nice is that

  2. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    #89 Magic number for now down to 12

  3. ehay2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    cue MicheleS…

  4. Constant Reader - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Nice job guys.

  6. ehay2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Scott with the right bourbon brand for me!

  7. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Mark is quick on the counter! Already changed.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Made it with no Maloox. I believe Brewers helped

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Chill out? Not in DNA.Worry about everything. Love winning though.

  10. natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Atta way, John. I knew you could do it.

  11. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    I love winning, man. It's like, yanno, BETTER THAN LOSING!Oh, to have nothing worse than losing a baseball game to worry about.

  12. realdealnats - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    1A, JaneB, and Ratio–Thanks a lot for the background and sorry I'm late getting back on, but was greatly appreciated. All makes perfect sense now. Another piece of the puzzle complete. Great game for John. These guys are consummate pros, aren't they?Rest The Beast. Give Tyler, Lombo, and Shark some time to sharpen up.

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