The Washington Times - May 11, 2011, 11:45AM

ATLANTA — The Nationals were able to beat Tim Hudson Tuesday night. That alone should give them confidence that they can do the same to Tommy Hanson this evening in an attempt to win a pivotal division series with the Braves. 

With Derek Lowe set to start on Thursday, the Nationals would do well to capitalize on Hanson tonight. 

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In his last start against the Nationals, Hanson was pulled after just 3 2/3 innings, having allowed three earned runs off five hits and two walks in a game the Nationals won with a suicide squeeze — and home run — from center fielder Rick Ankiel.

Here’s how the Nationals have done against Hanson in the past:

Roger Bernadina: 2-for-6 (.333), 2 K

Ian Desmond: 4-for-14 (.286), 1 HR, 3 RBI, .286 OBP, 1 K

Jayson Werth: 3-for-7 (.429), 3 2B, 4 BB, .636 OBP, 3 K

Adam LaRoche: 1-for-8 (.125), 3 K

Wilson Ramos: 2-for-2 (1.000)

Michael Morse: 1-for-4 (.250), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, .333 OBP, 2 K

Danny Espinosa: 0-for-1, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 3-for-6 (.500), 1 RBI, .571 OBP

John Lannan: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Others:

Laynce Nix: 1-for-8 (.125), 1 2B, 2 RBI, .125 OBP, 3 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 2-for-6 (.333), 1 2B, 1 RBI, .333 OBP, 2 K