The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Roy Oswalt

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John Lannan has never beaten the Phillies. It’s a fact he knows, his manager knows and, presumably, the Phillies know. So perhaps in an effort to change up his luck, the lefty’s name was spelled wrong on the Nationals’ lineup card this afternoon, popping in an E where the final A usually is (Lannen).

It was an honest mistake, but a comical slip up.

While Lannan will have his hands full with Philadelphia, the Nationals will face Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt for the first time this season.

Here’s how they’ve done in the past against him:

Roger Bernadina: 2-for-10 (.200), 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K

Ian Desmond: 0-for-11, 4 K

Jayson Werth: 5-for-18 (.278), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K

Laynce Nix: 9-for-19 (.474), 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

Michael Morse: 0-for-4, 2 K

Danny Espinosa: 2-for-5 (.400), 2 K

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

Alex Cora: 0-for-7, 2 BB, 2 K

John Lannan: Never faced


Matt Stairs: 8-for-29 (.276), 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K

Rick Ankiel: 6-for-24 (.250), 1 BB, 5 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 3-for-14 (.214), 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 2-for-12 (.167), 1 2B



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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 and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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