Game 119 : Oswalt looks to improve

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Roy Oswalt looks to get himself and the Phillies back on the right track against the Nationals. (Ron Cortes/Staff photographer)

In his second start since returning from the disabled list, Roy Oswalt will look to improve from his last outing when he takes the mound tonight against Washington.

The righty went six innings on Sunday in San Francisco and yielded a career-high 12 hits and allowed three runs as the Phillies suffered the lone loss of their 10-game West Coast trip.

Oswalt missed 37 games with lower back inflammation and currently has a 4-7 record with a 3.84 ERA. In his career against the Nationals, Oswalt is 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA, including his Phillies debut last July at Nationals Park.

Before tonight’s game, Charlie Manuel said that he would start Wilson Valdez over rookie Michael Martinez at third baseman on Saturday due to Valdez's success against opposing starter John Lannan. Regular third baseman Placido Polanco is currently sidelined with a sports hernia.

In 18 career at-bats against Lannan, Valdez has three hits (.167 average), none for extra bases and one walk. In their last meeting, Valdez went 0-for-2 before being removed. In May, the 33-year-old Valdez singled in his only plate appearance before Lannan was hooked from the game in the third inning of the Phillies 7-3 win.

In his last 30 at-bats, Martinez has four hits (.133 average) and hasn’t had a multi-hit game since July 20 in Chicago.

Here’s a look at Charlie Manuel’s lineup:

1 SS Jimmy Rollins

2 CF Shane Victorino

3 2B Chase Utley

4 1B Ryan Howard

5 RF Hunter Pence

6 LF Raul Ibanez

7 C Carlos Ruiz

8 3B Wilson Valdez

9 SP Roy Oswalt


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