The Washington Times - May 22, 2009, 03:33PM

Can you feel the buzz in the air here at Nationals Park? Is that growing excitement for this weekend’s Battle of the Beltways? Or is it just the hornet that’s trapped inside the press box? I can’t tell.

Regardless, this weekend is as close as the Nats have to a rivalry weekend. These games did draw well last season, with Friday night’s crowd around 35,000 and Saturday and Sunday’s crowds around 39,000.


Manny Acta called that Sunday game, in which the Nats won on Ronnie Belliard’s walk-off homer in the 12th, his favorite of the year. So maybe there’s some more dramatics in store for everyone.

Here are tonight’s lineups for both teams…


SS Cristian Guzman

1B Nick Johnson

3B Ryan Zimmerman

RF Adam Dunn

LF Josh Willingham

2B Ronnie Belliard

C Josh Bard

CF Justin Maxwell

P Jordan Zimmermann


2b Brian Roberts

CF Adam Jones

RF Nick Markakis

1B Aubrey Huff

3B Melvin Mora

CF Nolan Reimold

C Chad Moeller

SS Cesar Izturis

P Rich Hill