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Phillies vs. Nationals: Washington Faces Roy Halladay In Sunday Rubber Match

The Nationals will have to beat Phillies ace Roy Halladay to take the rubber match of this weekend series against the Phillies.

By Mike Prada

The euphoria from the Nationals' ninth-inning rally on Friday was quickly dashed on Saturday in a mistake-filled 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Now, the Nationals look to rebound and take the series in a Sunday matinee at Nationals Park.

It'll be a tall order though, because Roy Halladay will be on the hill for the Phillies. Halladay has never lost to the Nationals since coming over from the American League. Chien-Ming Wang will oppose Halladay, looking for his third straight victory since returning from shoulder surgery.

The game on Saturday was a debacle for Washington. Not only did they commit fielding errors in the loss, but their ballpark was overrun by Phillies fans making the journey down I-95. The atmosphere should be more friendly on Sunday.

Here is the Nationals' lineup:

1. Ian Desmond (SS)
2. Rick Ankiel (CF)
3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
4. Michael Morse (1B)
5. Jayson Werth (RF)
6. Danny Espinosa (2B)
7. Jonny Gomes (LF)
8. Jesus Flores (C)
9. Chien-Ming Wang (P)