Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) vs Washington Nationals (54-60)
John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) vs Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14 ERA)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 91, chance of storms
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The Phillies travel south to Washington D.C. Friday to open up a series with the Nationals after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs.
The Phillies will send lefty John Lannan to the hill against his former team, whom he has faced twice already this year. He has pitched extremely well against his former club, allowing just two runs on 10 hits in 13 innings of work. Lannan will be on full rest after pitching on just three days rest his last time out, when he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves.
On the mound opposite Lannan is right-hander Dan Haren. Haren, despite ugly numbers, has pitched well of late. In his last start against the Brewers he tossed seven shut out frames, and since coming off the disabled list right before the All-Star Break he is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.
Against the Phillies this year. Haren has taken two losses but has not pitched all that poorly against them. In his first start he allowed three runs in six innings and in the second starts he allowed two runs over five.
Michael Young has had by far the most success against Haren in by far the most at bats. In 66 at bats he is hitting .333 off him with three doubles, a triple, a homer and 11 RBI. Delmon Young has three doubles and four RBI in 32 at bats (.313 average), and Jimmy Rollins has hit at a .278 clip with an RBI off the righty.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Young 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Martinez CF, Lannan P
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