Hanley Ramirez says he's still not 100 percent, but he's back in the starting lineup. On Saturday, the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano hit Ramirez with a pitch just above his left knee, causing him to leave the game. Ramirez said he notices it most in the field, especially when moving to his left.
-- "It's different," Nick Johnson said of his return to D.C., just days after being traded by the Nationals. Johnson showed up in the visitors' clubhouse, at least, and didn't head out to the field with his former teammates when they posed for the team photo.
-- Ricky Nolasco will start Friday for the Marlins, and it looks like Sean West will have honors on Saturday, though nothing's been announced with him. West would be in line to start Saturday, having pitched Monday for Double A Jacksonville and picking up the win. Since being sent back to Double A in July, West has gone 3-1 in his four starts while giving up 11 earned runs over 21 1/3 innings.4.63 ERA.
-- A victory tonight will be the Marlins' 11th straight over the Nationals. That would represent a club record for most consecutive wins against one team.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Nick Johnson, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. John Baker, c; 9. Josh Johnson, p.
Nats: 1. Nyjer Morgan, cf; 2. Cristian Guzman, ss; 3. Josh Willingham, lf; 4. Adam Dunn, 1b; 5. Elijah Dukas, rf; 6. Willie Harris, 3b; 7. Alberto Gonzalez, 2b; 8. Wil Nieves, c; 9. J.D. Martin, rhp.