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Jason Marquis is scheduled to start -- emphasis on scheduled -- tonight.
Meanwhile, Jason Marquis is scheduled to start tonight's game against the Mets. Unless, of course, he's traded before then. What are the odds of that happening? Well, enough that the Nationals have flown Yunesky Maya in from Syracuse to stand on-call just in case they need an emergency starter for this game. (Maya was supposed to start tonight for Syracuse, which is why he got the call over Tom Milone or Brad Peacock.)
Suffice it to say, everyone's in standby mode here at the ballpark, just waiting to find out what will happen next. Check back here for all your updates throughout the afternoon and evening...
METS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 92 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF
STARTING LINEUPS7:10 p.m. -- Apologies for the delay in getting the lineups posted. As you know, Jason Marquis was traded to the Diamondbacks late this afternoon. Unfortunately, the Nats didn't officially announce the deal until a few minutes ago, so I and my reporter counterparts had to wait outside the clubhouse for an hour before Mike Rizzo and Marquis came out to be interviewed. I'll have plenty of details from those conversations in the trade story posted above, which will be updated. In the meantime, Yunesky Maya retired the side in the top of the first. Apologies in advance if I don't have as many in-game updates tonight as usual, as I try to get caught up on the trade story.
CF Rick Ankiel
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Michael Morse
RF Jayson Werth
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Jonny Gomes
C Wilson Ramos
Jason MarquisYunesky Maya
SS Jose Reyes
2B Justin Turner
1B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
CF Angel Pagan
LF Jason Bay
RF Lucas Duda
C Josh Thole
P R.A. Dickey
7:25 p.m. -- Whoa, three-run homer for Jayson Werth on a 3-2 pitch from R.A. Dickey, capping a big first inning for the Nats. Landed in the batter's eye behind center field. They lead 3-0.
7:59 p.m. -- Still a long way to go, obviously, but so far, so good for Maya. He's tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two baserunners (one single, one hit batter). Pretty impressive. Of course, we have to point out his penchant in the past for looking sharp for 3-4 innings and then fading fast after that. We shall see. Nats still lead 3-0.
8:32 p.m. -- And sure enough, Maya is done three batters into the sixth inning. Trainer Lee Kuntz came out to look at him before the inning began, but Maya stayed in. After allowing back-to-back singles with one out, Davey Johnson brought out the hook. Ross Detwiler is in to face Angel Pagan, with two on in the inning. The Nats still lead 3-0, and Maya is still in line to earn his first career win.
8:35 p.m. -- And Detwiler gets out of the mess on three pitches, coaxing a 5-3 double play out of Pagan. Nicely done.
8:51 p.m. -- Detwiler gets another double play in the top of the seventh, then plunks Josh Thole and is pulled in favor of Tyler Clippard, who will face pinch-hitter Scott Hairston (brother of just-traded Nats utilityman Jerry Hairston). Nats still lead 3-0.
8:55 p.m. -- And Clippard does what he does best, stranding another runner on base. We've reached the seventh-inning stretch.
9:15 p.m. -- Nice job as always by Clippard, who retired all four batters he faced. So it's still 3-0 as we go to the bottom of the eighth, and Drew Storen is warming in the Nats bullpen. Obviously, he hasn't been traded at this point.
9:32 p.m. -- Ballgame. Nats win 3-0. Maya gets his first career win. Storen gets his 26th save, though he loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Willie Harris to end it.