Game 34 lineups: Nats vs. Blue Jays

The Nationals didn’t get over the .500 hump Saturday, but they still have a shot at another series win this afternoon. (Weather permitting, of course, because the forecast again calls for on-and-off rain pretty much all day.)

It’ll be MacKenzie Gore on the mound, seeking his first win since April 13 despite the fact he’s pitched quite well. The left-hander has given up a total of six runs over his last three starts, but the Nationals have scored a total of five runs in those games, leaving him to take three hard-luck losses in a row. Perhaps Gore’s fortunes will change this afternoon.

The Nats will try to do some damage against an opposing starter for the first time in a week. That opposing starter is Alek Manoah, who finally makes his 2024 debut after a weird stretch to say the least. A Cy Young Award finalist in 2022, Manoah struggled to a 5.87 ERA in 19 starts last season, at which point the Blue Jays sent him to the minors (not Triple-A, but all the way down to the Florida Complex League). He came back this spring hoping to get back on track, then he landed on the 15-day injured list with a shoulder issue. Now he’s finally ready to pitch in the big leagues again, and who knows what to expect from him in this one?

Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 88.7 FM (Spanish),
Weather: Rain, 67 degrees, wind 6 mph out to left field

CF Jacob Young
SS CJ Abrams
2B Luis García Jr.
DH Nick Senzel
LF Jesse Winker
1B Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
RF Eddie Rosario
3B Trey Lipscomb

LHP MacKenzie Gore

RF George Springer
1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
DH Justin Turner
SS Bo Bichette
LF Davis Schneider
CF Daulton Varsho
C Alejandro Kirk
2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa
3B Ernie Clement

RHP Alek Manoah

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