Prior to Tuesday's game, La Russa noted that Nationals right-hander Yunesky Maya had been more effective against right-handed hitters than lefties, so the skipper started Andrew Brown in right field and the six-hole. Brown responded with a 1-for-3 performance and drove in a run before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning. "Wherever they tell me to go, outfield, infield, it doesn't really matter too much to me," Brown said. Nationals: Hernandez going for 'W'
Hernandez hasn't earned a victory since April 28, although a good chunk of his losses and no-decisions have been because of a bit of hard luck. Four of his past eight outings have been quality starts, although he struggled on June 9 against San Diego, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander is 6-7 with a 4.71 ERA in 19 career starts against St. Louis, with Albert Pujols (13-for-37, .359) and Lance Berkman (10-for-30, .333) having success against him. Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman returned from the DL with a double in five at-bats. Zimmerman had been on the shelf since April 9 with an abdominal injury.
McClellan has never started against Washington, but has made eight relief appearances against the Nationals. Werth is 4-for-5 with a solo home run off of him.