The Washington Times - July 9, 2013, 03:16PM

PHILADELPHIA — Just more than 24 hours after he learned he’d been traded to the Washington Nationals, Scott Hairston will make his debut for his new team hitting leadoff and playing left field against the Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels on Tuesday night. 

Bryce Harper will make his first start of the season in center field and Denard Span will get the night off.


Hairston, who was acquired to be a right-handed bat off the bench and face tough left-handed pitchers for the Nationals, is likely getting this start largely because of his personal history against Hamels. In his career, Hairston is 12-for-30 against Hamels with five doubles, five home runs and three walks.

His personal track record against Hamels, and the Phillies in general, played into the timing of the trade and so it seemed all but certain Hairston would start today. To see him hit leadoff is at least mildly surprising, but manager Davey Johnson often doesn’t like to jumble the rest of his lineup when he gives one person a day off, so that could have something to do with his placement.

Here are the full lineups:


Scott Hairston LF
Ian Desmond SS
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Anthony Rendon 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Taylor Jordan P 


Ben Revere CF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Chase Utley 2B
Domonic Brown LF
Michael Young 3B
Delmon Young RF
Darin Ruf 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Cole Hamels P