Game 142 lineups: Nats vs. Orioles

And we’re back at Nationals Park for the first time in 12 days. The Nats return to town following a long, three-city road trip that included series wins at New York and St. Louis but then a sweep in Philadelphia, which left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths. Now they begin a five-game homestand against the Orioles and Marlins as the final 21-game stretch of the season arrives.

The two interleague rivals split their two-game series at Camden Yards in June, one of those a rain-shorted loss. At that point, the Orioles were just starting to push their way into the American League postseason picture. They remain in the mix now, but they’ve taken a few steps back in the last week and enter this week 5 1/2 games behind the Rays for the final wild card berth.

Cory Abbott makes the start tonight as the Nationals give Josiah Gray and Paolo Espino extra rest before their next starts. The right-hander has done a solid-if-unspectacular job as a swingman, bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen. We’ll see how he does tonight against an emerging Baltimore lineup.

Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Clear, 76 degrees, wind 7 mph out to right field

CF Lane Thomas
RF Joey Meneses
1B Luke Voit
2B Luis García
DH Nelson Cruz
LF Alex Call
SS CJ Abrams
C Israel Pineda
3B Ildemaro Vargas

RHP Cory Abbott

CF Cedric Mullins
C Adley Rutschman
DH Anthony Santander
1B Ryan Mountcastle
3B Gunnar Henderson
2B Ramón Urías
LF Kyle Stowers
RF Austin Hays
SS Jorge Mateo

RHP Dean Kremer

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