Nats, Cardinals lineups for series opener

Jesus Flores is behind the plate for the Nationals tonight as they kick off a four-game set with the Cardinals, while St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina has returned to the lineup after missing one game with upper-body strains resulting from a violent home plate collision.

A night after Kurt Suzuki hit his first homer as a National, he'll back Flores up. Neither catcher has faced Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia in their career.

It'll be Garcia and Edwin Jackson on the mound tonight in the series opener.

Jackson earned a World Series ring last year as a member of the Cardinals, but he's still looking for his first career win against the Cards.

Tonight will be his fifth career start against St. Louis.

Garcia is 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA this season.

Here's an interesting note to have in mind going into tonight's game: The Nats are 29-4 since the All-Star break when scoring three or more runs.

When scoring fewer than three runs, the Nats are 0-13 since the break.

For the Nats:

RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jesus Flores
P Edwin Jackson

For the Cardinals:

CF Jon Jay
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
3B David Freese
2B Skip Schumaker
SS Rafael Furcal
P Jaime Garcia

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