The Washington Times - July 9, 2009, 04:15PM

Hello from Minute Maid Park, where the Nationals play one game and a fraction of another against the Astros tonight.

The suspended game from May 5, which was halted with the game tied 10-10 in the 11th inning with Elijah Dukes on first base, will produce all sorts of strange idiosyncracies when it’s resumed. The Nationals will be the home team in Houston. Mike MacDougal and LaTroy Hawkins were penciled in as “starters”; MacDougal hasn’t started a game since 2001. If the Nats score in the 11th and MacDougal never throws a pitch, Joel Hanrahan will get the win two weeks after he was traded to Pittsburgh. Nyjer Morgan, who went 1-for-5, and Sean Burnett, who threw 2/3 of an inning for the Pirates on May 5, could wind up in two box scores for two different teams.


Per Nationals scorer David Vincent, this is only the eighth time in a suspended game the final pitch will be thrown in a different city than where the game started (the last was the Orioles and White Sox last year).

Once the suspended game ends, the regular game will start at 8:05 p.m., unless the suspended game goes past 7:45, in which case the regular game would start 20 minutes later.

Here are the lineup for the second game:


Morgan CF

Johnson 1B

Zimmerman 3B

Dunn LF

Willingham RF

Guzman SS

Bard C

Hernandez 2B

Lannan P



Bourn CF

Tejada SS

Berkman 1B

Lee LF

Pence RF

Rodriguez C

Blum 3B

Keppinger 2B

Ortiz P