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Nationals Vs. Mets: Washington Continues Season-Opening Road Trip In New York

The Washington Nationals start a three-game series in New York, battling the Mets for early supremacy in the NL East.

March 24, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson throws during the bottom of the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
March 24, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson throws during the bottom of the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Edwin Jackson makes his regular season debut for the Washington Nationals on Monday night as the team starts a three-game series on the road against the New York Mets. This will be only the second time in his career that Jackson has faced the Mets.

The Nationals lost on Sunday, but they managed to walk out of Chicago with a 2-1 record in their season-opening series against the Cubs. New York is coming off a three-game sweep of the Braves to start their season.

Mike Pelfry takes the mound for New York. The Mets' righthander is 4-7 in 18 career starts against the Nationals. He has a 4.02 ERA in more than 109 innings pitched.

Washington's offense is currently led by Adam LaRoche who has two home runs and four RBIs in three games. Shortstop Danny Espinosa is the only other player on the roster to have one leave the park so far this season. Leadoff man Ian Desmond is doing a great job of setting the table with a .429 on-base percentage.

First pitch from Citi Field is at 7:10 and you can check out the action on MASN2 and MASN2HD (Information on where to find MASN2 and MASN2HD is here)

For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and New York Mets blog Amazin' Avenue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.