Nationals Try To Clinch Top Seed

Nationals Try To Clinch Top Seed
October 3, 2012, 11:30 am
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan will try to work his magic Monday night against the Phillies

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


OK, here's a condensed version of what's at stake today for the Nationals in their regular-season finale against the Phillies: Win and they clinch the No. 1 seed for the playoffs and will open the NLDS on Sunday at the winner of Friday's Wild Card game between the Braves and Cardinals. Lose and they need the Reds to lose tonight in St. Louis to keep that No. 1 seed. Otherwise, they drop to the No. 2 seed and open the NLDS on Saturday in San Francisco.

After giving most of his regulars last night's game off, Davey Johnson planned to get most of them back in the lineup today. The only anticipated exceptions: Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche, though there's still a chance either or both could play.

Edwin Jackson gets the start for the Nationals, getting one last chance to earn his 10th win and become the fifth member of the rotation to reach double digits, a fairly impressive accomplishment.

Updates to come, so please check back...

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF
Lineup TBA
RHP Edwin Jackson

PHILLIES (81-80)
LF Juan Pierre
3B Kevin Frandsen
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
RF Domonic Brown
1B Darin Ruf
CF Nate Schierholtz
SS Michael Martinez
LHP Cliff Lee

HP Greg Gibson
1B Phil Cuzzi
2B Gerry Davis (cc)
3B Manny Gonzalez