Tracy serving as designated hitter as Nats face Tigers

DETROIT - Hello from the Motor City, where the weather is gorgeous and the city, not surprisingly, just feels empty.

This is the first time I've been to Comerica Park, and for what it's worth, I'm really impressed. Nice layout, decent sight lines and lots of concrete sculptures of tigers all over the place.

Got to love that.

Tonight's Nationals lineup includes Chad Tracy as the designated hitter, with Tracy hitting ninth. Other than that, the lineup remains the same as it has over the last handful of days.

Anibal Sanchez starts for the Tigers tonight, which explains Davey Johnson going with the left-handed-hitting Tracy as his DH.

Tracy is 0-for-9 with two strikeouts in his career against Sanchez.

As I mentioned earlier, and as a lot of you already know, I'm sure, Sanchez has owned the Nats in his career. The Nationals did hand Sanchez a loss back in May, however, getting to the righty for three runs (two earned) on eight hits over six innings. Sanchez walked none and struck out eight.

Ian Desmond is batting .286 (8-for-28) off Sanchez, with a homer and three RBIs, Wilson Ramos is batting .385 with a double, an RBI and two walks off the Tigers right-hander. Bryce Harper only has five at-bats against Sanchez but has a homer, a triple and two RBIs.

For the Nats
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
CF Denard Span
C Wilson Ramos
DH Chad Tracy
RHP Stephen Strasburg

For the Tigers
CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
SS Jhonny Peralta
LF Andy Dirks
C Alex Avila
2B Ramon Santiago
RHP Anibal Sanchez

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