Chien-Ming Wang making first start since June 19

For the first time in over three months, Chien-Ming Wang will start a major league game today.

The Nationals will give the ball to their veteran sinkerballer and hope he can cool down a red-hot Brewers lineup. Wang threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers, but he hasn’t started a game since June 19.

Wang battled hamstring and hip injuries this season, and when he has pitched, either at the major league or minor league levels, he hasn’t been all that effective. But manager Davey Johnson has faith that Wang has his mechanics back in line and is in a good place leading up to today’s outing.

The Nats will face Brewers righty Yovani Gallardo, who has gone 16-8 with a 3.59 ERA this season.

For the Nats:

RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
P Chien-Ming Wang

For the Brewers:
RF Norichika Aoki
2B Rickie Weeks
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Corey Hart
C Jonathan Lucroy
CF Logan Schafer
SS Jean Segura
P Yovani Gallardo

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