The Washington Times - June 21, 2009, 12:31PM

Here’s a thought you probably didn’t have at any previous point this season: The Nationals have a chance to sweep a series. Yes, it’s true. Thanks to back-to-back extra-inning wins the last two nights, they could sweep the Blue Jays this afternoon and extend their winning streak to five games. How remarkable would that be, given the state of this club only a week ago? Obviously, things have taken a significant turn for the better.

Some pregame news to report…


— Jesus Colome, who strained his quadriceps during last night’s game, threw in the bullpen this morning in front of Manny Acta, Steve McCatty and Mike Rizzo and showed no ill-effects. He’s available to pitch again today if needed.

— Alberto Gonzalez is making his second straight start at second  base. Acta was asked if there’s anything wrong with Anderson Hernandez. “Everything’s OK with Anderson,” the manager said. “Everything is just very good with Alberto right now.” Indeed, Gonzalez is hitting .333 with 12 RBI in limited action and deserves to be in the lineup, so he’s back at second base today.

— Also deserving of remaining in the lineup is Willie Harris, last night’s hero for his 12th inning walk-off homer. Harris has been equally spectacular in the field, and given the Nationals’ overwhelming defensive woes this season, Acta can’t afford not to keep Willie in his lineup.

OK, here are today’s lineups…


SS Cristian Guzman

1B Nick Johnson

3B Ryan Zimmerman

LF Adam Dunn

RF Austin Kearns

SS Alberto Gonzalez

CF Willie Harris

C Josh Bard

P Shairon Martis


SS Marco Scutaro

2B Aaron Hill

CF Vernon Wells

3B Scott Rolen

LF Adam Lind

RF Alex Rios

1B Lyle Overbay

C Rod Barajas

P Ricky Romero