Winless right-hander Joe Blanton (0-2, 7.31) tries to remove the "O" from the Nationals' attack in the first of three from Citizens Bank Park. Unbeaten Shairon Martis (2-0, 4.11) starts for Washington.
Summary: With Blanton on the mound and the right-hander Martis going for Washington, Charlie Manuel finally found an opportunity to give Greg Dobbs a start. The league's premier pinch hitter has been the forgotten man this season, stepping to the plate a mere 14 times. Dobber will bat seventh and give Pedro Feliz a break at third base. Manuel also mixes up the catchers today, giving Lou Marson the start. With Carlos Ruiz eyeing a Wednesday return, it could be the last start for Marson. After a brutal debut, Blanton rattled off quality starts in his next two. For Washington, Ryan Zimmerman enters the game riding a 15-game hitting streak.