Jul 29, 2015, 3:59 PM EST
Jonathan Papelbon has officially joined the Nationals in Miami. Sammy Solis has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to clear a spot on the roster for the new closer. And Doug Fister has changed uniform numbers to accommodate Papelbon, going from 58 to 33.
Fister will be showing off the new threads right away, taking the mound tonight to face the Marlins and attempt to get the Nationals back on track after a 4-7 start to the second half of the season that leaves them a mere 1 game ahead of the Mets in the NL East. He’ll also try to reverse his own personal course after a ragged stretch that has seen the veteran right-hander post a 6.19 ERA over his last seven starts.
The almost-healthy Nats lineup looks the same as last night, except for Jose Lobaton catching instead of Wilson Ramos. That group will go up against right-hander Tom Koehler, who shut out the Nationals in Miami in April but then was roughed up for five runs (including three home runs clubbed by Bryce Harper) a couple weeks later in D.C.
Enjoy the game and the conversation here…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park, Miami
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
CF Michael Taylor
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister
2B Dee Gordon
3B Martin Prado
CF Christian Yelich
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
LF Derek Dietrich
RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Tom Koehler
HP Ben May
1B Alan Porter
2B Mark Repperger
3B Jeff Kellogg (cc)
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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