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Nats Game Night – 7:05 vs. Cubs

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Nationals (82-52) vs. Cubs (51-83)

Game » 135

Starters » Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80 ERA)

When » Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

Where » Nationals Park, Washington

TV » MASN HD

Radio » 106.7 The Fan FM, WFED 1500, WHFS 1580

The Nationals have hit their first big milestone this season by clinching a winning record after a Labor Day win in the series opener against the Cubs. They hope it’s not their last. Rookie outfielder Bryce Harper gets the night off with Chicago throwing a soft-tossing left-handed pitcher in Chris Rusin. No injury issue, according to Washington manager Davey Johnson. Harper’s back was sore earlier this summer and has bothered him on and off.

“Harp, I’ve kind of run him in the ground. Although I’m sure he’s not tired,” Johnson said. “I think he was a little tired on Sunday for some reason, but he felt great [Monday]. [Wednesday] I’m going to give [outfielder Jayson] Werth off. I’m just going to kind of pick some spots. We’ve had a real tough schedule here lately, the weather’s been hot and some tough games.”

Johnson joked that outfielder Michael Morse doesn’t want to talk to him right now because he pulled him from a game over the holiday weekend. Morse, of course, is still feeling the effects of a sore thumb he first hurt in San Francisco last month and which was later smashed in Philadelphia after Kyle Kendrick hit him with a pitch. Werth will sit because of a sore calf.

[Orioles manager Earl] Weaver his used his little cheat sheet thing. I use the training room when I go in there,” Johnson said half-jokingly. “Because guys don’t usually go in there unless they got something bothering them.”

Cubs

RF – David DeJesus

3B – Luis Valbuena

1B – Anthony Rizzo

LF – Alfonso Soriano

SS – Starlin Castro

C – Wellington Castillo

CF – Brett Jackson

2B – Darwin Barney

LHP – Chris Rusin

 

Nats

RF – Jayson Werth

SS – Ian Desmond

3B – Ryan Zimmerman

RF – Michael Morse

1B – Adam LaRoche

2B – Danny Espinosa

LF – Tyler Moore

C – Jesus Flores

RHP – Edwin Jackson

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