The Washington Times - June 2, 2011, 05:36PM

The Nationals head out west for 11 games starting tonight, flying high after a series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. First up is the Arizona Diamondbacks and left-hander Zach Duke.

And there’s no one happier to see him than Rick Ankiel, who gets the start in center field tonight with Roger Bernadina in left field. Check out Ankiel’s career numbers against Duke below which are rivaled only by Jayson Werth’s career numbers against him.


Here are the Nationals career numbers against Duke, who was with the Pirates before this season, in the past:

Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 BB

Ian Desmond: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 2B, 1 BB

Jayson Werth: 4-for-8 (.500), 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K

Michael Morse: 2-for-4 (.500), 2 BB

Danny Espinosa: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 HR, 1 K

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: 5-for-8 (.625), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 4-for-18 (.222), 2 BB, 3 K

Jordan Zimmermann: Never faced


Ivan Rodriguez: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 BB, 1 K

Laynce Nix: Never faced

And here are the lineups behind Jordan Zimmermann as he looks for his third win of the season:


Roger Bernadina LF
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Michael Morse 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Wilson Ramos C
Rick Ankiel CF
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Jordan Zimmermann P 


Ryan Roberts 3B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Justin Upton RF
Stephen Drew SS
Chris Young CF
Miguel Montero C
Juan Miranda 1B
Gerardo Parra LF
Zach Duke P 

— On a personal note, I will not be with the team in Arizona this series but will rejoin the trip in San Francsico and continue on to San Diego.