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Milone hits first big-league homer

Nationals left-hander Tom Milone, making his Major League debut, hit his first big-league home run in his at-bat on Saturday night against the Mets.

The homer occurred in the second inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Milone swung at the first pitch he saw from Dillon Gee and hit a home run over the right-field wall to give the Nationals a 5-0 lead.

Milone became the fourth Nationals/Expos player to hit a home run in his first plate appearance.

Milone’s accomplishments shouldn’t surprise anyone. He was 9-for 26 [.346] with three RBIs for Triple A Syracuse.

Johnson wants to make changes to rotation

Nationals manager Davey Johnson sees his starting rotation continue to struggle, but he is also well aware of the young arms — Tom Milone and Brad Peacock — impressing with at Triple-A Syracuse, and he wants to see them in Washington soon.

The Nationals’ starters have a combined 5.97 ERA in 13 games since the All-Star break, and Johnson is ready for some changes.

“We have a couple of guys that are knocking on the door, pitchers in particular,” Johnson said. “Depending on what happens the next couple of days we might be seeing a new, young arm up here. Right now with the starting pitching, we have to have some improvement there.”

Milone, a left-hander, spent the entire season in Syracuse, where he is 8-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 19 starts. The 10th-round pick in 2008 out of Southern California threw 117 innings with 120 strikeouts and only 10 walks.

Peacock made it to the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game after a dominant first half with Double-A Harrisburg and got the call to Triple-A while in Phoenix. In just his third Triple-A start he threw a one-hitter over seven innings.

“Those are the guys I’d like to get some experience up here,” Johnson said.

— Steven Miller