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Game 67: Orioles (31-35) @ Nationals (33-36), 7:05pm

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Mr. Jones and me look into the future, yeah, we stare at the beautiful women, she's looking at you, I don't think so, she's looking at me
Mr. Jones and me look into the future, yeah, we stare at the beautiful women, she's looking at you, I don't think so, she's looking at me

Say good-bye to Vladimir Guerrero for the next six games, because with no DH in National League parks, we probably aren't going to see him more than once per game for the next several. Interleague play is back and the Orioles will be in DC to face the Nationals.

Among the other attractions tonight will be Zach Britton making his first appearance as a hitter in the major leagues. Does that count as an attraction? Probably not. AL pitchers trying to swing bats is not one of my favorite things about interleague play, although Daniel Cabrera with a bat on his shoulder was funny to watch. Britton's back on the mound after having his last start skipped, and one hopes that he and the O's will be able to get the best of Jason Marquis. He didn't pitch in the last Nats series, so he'll be getting his first look at the club, and they will be getting their first look at him.

As for Marquis, a handful of Orioles who spent time in the NL have some significant action against him, but little of it was recent. For instance, Derrek Lee has five career home runs off Marquis, but four of them occurred prior to 2005.

The Nats enter the series having won their last six games. They won the first three of those while only scoring two runs per game. Wow, really? Yes. Although those games were against San Diego, which has the second-worst team OBP in MLB. Ryan Zimmerman is in the lineup for the Nats again. He was hurt last month when the O's faced the Nats. They've got four players who have at least ten home runs: Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse (each tied for the team lead with 12), Jayson Werth and Laynce Nix. All of them except Nix are in tonight's lineup. By comparison, only Mark Reynolds has more than nine home runs for the Orioles.

Matt Wieters is hitting cleanup tonight, which would be a lot more exciting if he had a good cleanup hitter slugging percentage right now. But maybe one day. On the other side, Marquis is batting 8th for the Nats. An NL manager who actually has the pitcher batting 8th? Jim Riggleman, you sly devil, you. Now you're really thinking outside the box. If only your #2 hitter didn't have a sub-Izturisian OBP.

In the manufactured battle of the beltways, may the least crappy team win. We are the least crappy team, right? Right?