Nats make first trip to Fenway

Nationals make Fenway visit to meet Red Sox

After hosting one of the most-storied franchises in the Majors, the Nationals take on another as they start a three-game series against Boston on Monday.

The series starts a nine-game, three-city, Interleague road trip for Washington with stops in Boston, Baltimore and Toronto.

In Game 1 at Fenway Park, Tony Armas takes the hill for manager Frank Robinson. Armas has a history with Boston, and was part of a move that helped bring Boston its first World Series title in 86 seasons.

In 1997, Armas, a young Red Sox farmhand, was the player-to-be-named in the November 18, trade that sent Pedro Martinez from Montreal to Boston. Seven years and two Cy Young Awards later, Boston had its elusive championship.

Armas isn't the only National to have experiences with the Red Sox. Reliever Mike Stanton was with Boston for only four days last year, but saw his fair share of Fenway Park in seven seasons with the Yankees.

"It's fun, Fenway's a great place to play, it's got a great ambiance for baseball and a lot of these guys haven't been there," Stanton said. "It's going to be fun."

Having had the Yankees in town over the weekend leads Stanton to believe that if any preparation was needed for playing Boston, it has been done already.

"Obviously, even the young guys have played in front of big crowds ...," Stanton said. "If somebody's concerned about it, I would tell them to just go with it, have fun."

Speaking as a player that didn't have regular experience at Fenway Park, Marlon Byrd sees the three game series as just another chance to move up in the standings.

"It's exciting but our main focus is just winning ball games regardless of who we're playing," Byrd said. "You know, bigger crowd, bigger atmosphere, but same game."

Pitching matchup
WAS: RHP Tony Armas (6-3, 4.18 ERA)
Armas will face the Red Sox for the first time in his career. He is looking to win his firts game since June 4 against the Brewers. In his last start, Armas lasted just three-plus innings and gave up seven runs against the Rockies.

BOS: RHP Kyle Snyder (0-0, 22.50)
The right-hander, claimed from the Royals via waivers on June 16, will make his debut for the Red Sox in this one. Snyder made just one appearance at the Major League level this season and it wasn't pretty. In a start against the Rangers on June 8, Snyder gave up 10 hits and nine runs (five earned) over two innings. He is 2-9 with a 5.91 ERA in 29 career appearances, 19 of which have been starts.

Player to watch:
Stanton is 3-0 against Boston in 57 games. The left-hander has two saves against the Red Sox and owns a 2.43 ERA.

Interleague by the numbers:
All-time record vs. Monday's opponent: 7-8
All-time club Interleague record: 83-78

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio

Up next
• Tuesday: Washington (RHP Livan Hernandez, 5-7, 5.18) at Boston (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-8, 3.97), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Washington (RHP Shawn Hill, 1-1, 2.42) at Boston (LHP Jon Lester, 1-0, 3.48), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Washington (RHP Ramon Ortiz, 5-5, 5.27) at Baltimore (RHP Kris Benson, 8-5, 4.32), 7:05 p.m. ET

Michael Walsh is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.