Nats, Astros lineups for opener in Houston

The Nationals begin a four-game series with the worst team in the majors, the Astros, tonight from Minute Maid Park.

Obviously, nothing is guaranteed in this game, but this would seem to be a nice chance for the Nats to rattle off a few wins and put a little more distance between themselves and their National League competition.

The Astros have gone just 2-17 in their last 19 games, a stretch which included a 12-game losing streak.

They did take one of their three games against the Braves this weekend, however, winning on Saturday by a 3-2 score.

The Nats will send Edwin Jackson to the mound tonight as the righty looks to even his record at 7-7.

Houston will counter with lefty Dallas Keuchel, who is 1-4 with a 5.77 ERA this season.

For the Nats:

SS Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
C Kurt Suzuki
2B Steve Lombardozzi
P Edwin Jackson

For the Astros:

2B Jose Altuve
SS Marwin Gonzalez
1B Brett Wallace
RF Justin Maxwell
3B Scott Moore
LF J.D. Martinez
CF Jordan Schafer
C Carlos Corporan
P Dallas Keuchel

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