By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After an underwhelming 3-7 road trip through Milwaukee, Minnesota and Colorado, the Phillies return home on Monday night to open a series with the Washington Nationals.
The Phillies now sit at 33-37 on the season. That is good for third place in the National League East, 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. Washington is second in the division with a .500 record at 34-34. They are 6 1/2 games behind the Braves and two games ahead of the Phillies.
John Lannan is slated to return from the DL tonight and make the start on the mound for the Phillies. Lannan has been out since April 17th with a knee injury. he made three starts prior to being put on the disabled list, going 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA. This will be his first-ever appearance against his former team the Nationals.
The line-up for the Phillies tonight is as follows:
1. Ben Revere CF
2. Michael Young 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins SS
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Domonic Brown LF
6. Delmon Young RF
7. Kevin Frandsen 2B
8. Humberto Quintero C
9. John Lannan P
That line-up will face Washington right-hander Dan Haren. It has been tough sledding for the veteran here in 2013. He is just 4-8 in 13 starts with an ERA of 5.70. He has also struggled against the Phillies in his career, going 0-3 in 5 starts with a 5.79 ERA. The Phillies are the only MLB team he has never defeated.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Corey Seidman of Phillies Nation to preview the opener of this three-game series.
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