The Washington Times - June 20, 2012, 03:34PM

After what turned into a pretty interesting 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, the Nationals have to win today to salvage the series against the Rays and avoid losing their second straight three-game set.

They’ve already gotten a break in that department with Jeremy Hellickson going to the disabled list with a shoulder issue on Tuesday. Instead of facing him tonight, the Nationals will get call-up Chris Archer, who’ll be making his major league debut. Archer came to the Rays in the trade for Matt Garza with the Cubs and is 4-8 with a 4.81 ERA this season at Triple-A.


No word yet on whether or not Joel Peralta has been suspended after last night’s incident but his glove was on the way to the MLB offices in New York to be examined.

The Nationals will also be trying to avoid a fifth straight loss and are sending Stephen Strasburg to the mound.

Here are the full lineups:


Steve Lombardozzi LF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse RF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jesus Flores C
Stephen Strasburg P