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Nationals Vs. Braves: Washington Looks To Strike Back Against Atlanta After Blowout

The Washington Nationals will look to redeem themselves Saturday night against the red hot Atlanta Braves after suffering an embarrassing 11-1 blowout in their first game back from the All-Star Break on Friday. Nothing seemed to work for Washington as pitching, offense and bullpen all had massive breakdowns while the team committed a horrid five errors in the game.

Southpaw John Lannan (5-6, 3.64 ERA) will be taken to the task of getting the Nationals back on the right track. It is Lannan's first game back on the mound after getting hit in the face by a line drive hit by Colorado Rockies player Ty Wigginton during his last start. Lannan miraculously escaped with just a nasal contusion.

"I feel great," Lannan said. "I'm not thinking too much about [injury]. I'm more mad about the pitch sequence that I threw to [Wiggington]. It's not going to be a thought. I'm going to trust my pitches. I'm going to go out there like a regular game."

While Saturday's game is a "regular game" it might not exactly feel like it as both the team and the fans have begun to use it as a sort of gauge of how far off the Nationals might be from contending in the NL East. If Friday's bad luck and bad play continue, then it might mean the Nats are a bit farther off than they think. Lannan will be opposed by Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.44 ERA).

Nationals Line-Up

Roger Bernadina LF

Danny Espinosa 2B

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Michael Morse 1B

Jayson Werth RF

Rick Ankiel CF

Wilson Ramos C

Ian Desmond SS

John Lannan R

Braves Line-Up

Jordan Schafer CF

Martin Prado 3B

Brian McCann C

Freddie Freeman 1B

Dan Uggla 2B

Jason Heyward RF

Alex Gonzalez SS

Wilkin Ramirez LF

Tommy Hanson P