Nats face Bernadina in opener of three-game set with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals will cross paths with Roger Bernadina tonight for the first time since Bernadina was released Aug. 19 by the only major league organization he’d ever known.

After his release, Bernadina pulled a John Lannan and signed with the Phillies, choosing to stay in the National League East and play in a park with which he has a good bit of familiarity.

Bernadina will hit eighth and play right field for the Phillies tonight, and he’ll dig in against Nats righty Stephen Strasburg, who comes into tonight’s game with a 6-9 record and 2.96 ERA.

Strasburg has had a roller coaster of a last few weeks. He threw a complete-game shutout against the Phillies on Aug. 11, went just one-plus innings before being ejected Aug. 17 against the Braves, went 8 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs and then worked just two innings his last time out before a rain delay cut his outing short.

The Phillies, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.58 ERA).

Scott Hairston will start in left field tonight and hit second against the southpaw. Adam LaRoche will play first instead of Tyler Moore, who got the start at first yesterday.

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

For the Phillies
CF Cesar Hernandez
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
1B Kevin Frandsen
3B Pete Orr
LF John Mayberry
RF Roger Bernadina
LHP Cole Hamels

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