Today’s lineups plus a few fun facts

With a win today, the Nationals would record their first four-game home sweep since their arrival in Washington in 2005.

Is it possible for that note to both surprise me and not surprise me in the slightest?

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with yesterday’s win, Edwin Jackson became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1901) to record at least one win in a starting role for at least seven different teams prior to his 29th birthday.

Is it possible for that note to both make perfect sense and confuse the heck out of me at the same time?

The Nats’ 7-2 record is their best mark nine games into a season since the team came to D.C., and ties the franchise record (including the time in Montreal) for the best nine-game start to the season.

Manager Davey Johnson’s go-for-the-sweep lineup is not much different than his normal starting nine.

Wilson Ramos is back behind the plate today, while Mark DeRosa is in left field. Other than that, the lineup looks exactly as you might expect.

Here are the Nats and Reds lineups for today’s game:

SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
LF Mark DeRosa
CF Rick Ankiel
C Wilson Ramos
P Ross Detwiler

2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
3B Scott Rolen
RF Jay Bruce
LF Ryan Ludwick
CF Chris Heisey
C Ryan Hanigan
P Mike Leake

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