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The Nationals vs. today's starter: Tommy Hanson

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Time for Game 2 of the 2011 baseball season and for this one the Nationals are hoping for better weather and a better outcome.

We won’t know the lineup until later this morning but since Braves’ starter Tommy Hanson is a right-hander, I can take a stab at what it’s going to be. And for those players, along with a few others who could also get slotted into the lineup, here are the Nationals career numbers vs. the Braves 24-year-old:

Ian Desmond: .364 AVG in 11 at-bats, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .364 OBP, .636 SLG, 1 K

Jayson Werth: .200 AVG in 5 at-bats, 1 2B, 4 BB, .556 OBP, .400 SLG, 3 Ks

Ryan Zimmerman: .214 AVG in 14 at-bats, 2 2B, 3 RBI, .200 OBP, .357 SLG, 6 Ks

Adam LaRoche: .167 AVG in 6 at-bats, .167 OBP, .167 SLG, 3 Ks

Michael Morse: .250 AVG in 4 at-bats, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .250 OBP, 1.000 SLG, 2 Ks

Rick Ankiel: Never faced him

Danny Espinosa: Never faced him

Ivan Rodriguez: .333 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .333 OBP, .500 SLG, 2 Ks

John Lannan: 0-for-4, 1 K

Others:
Jerry Hairston Jr.: .500 AVG in 6 at-bats, 1 RBI, .571 OBP, .500 SLG, 0 K

Wilson Ramos: Never faced him

The only other National who has faced Hanson, who is starting just his second full season in the major leagues, is left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who will not be getting an at-bat this afternoon.

Hanson is 21-15 with a 3.16 ERA in 55 starts and he was impressive this spring in four starts (14 IP), allowing just two earned runs and holding opponents to a .184 average.

— As for the weather: The last forecast I saw was calling for temperatures in the 50s with partly cloudy skies and showers in the noon-2 p.m. area. Translation: Bundle up if you’re heading to the game.

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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