What to Watch for: 4.28.13

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Cincinnati Reds (13-12) vs. Washington Nationals (13-11)

LHP Tony Cingrani (1-0, 2.25) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (1-1, 1.38)

The Nationals look for their first four-game sweep of the season as they take on the Reds in a battle of southpaws. Ross Detwiler puts his team-leading ERA on the line against promising Cincinnati rookie Tony Cingrani as each look for their second win of the season.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Espinosa 2B

3. Harper LF

4. Werth RF

5. Desmond SS

6. LaRoche 1B

7. Rendon 3B

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

ONE (BE)FOR(E) THE ROAD

With Saturday’s 6-3 victory, the Nationals (4-2) clinched the season series win from Cincinnati. Washington has won two straight season series from the Reds for the first time since the Expos turned the trick in 2002 (5-1) and ‘03 (4-2). A win on Sunday would render a winning homestand for the Nationals, who were swept, three straight by the Cardinals to start the ‘stand earlier this week. In today’s finale, the Nationals will also attempt to register their first win on a Sunday in four tries this season.

BRYCE’S BIG LEAGUE BORN-ON DATE WAS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

Exactly one year ago today, Bryce Harper made his MLB debut, going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 10-inning, 4-3 setback at Dodger Stadium. In a year since, Harper has played in exactly 162 games, which is the equivalent of one full big league campaign. During those 162 games, Harper is 175-for-616 (.284) with 31 doubles, 10 triples, 31 home runs, 77 RBI, 68 walks and 115 runs scored (tied for second in MLB). Those numbers render a slash line of .284/.356/.518.

OUTFIELD IS LOCKED IN AT THE PLATE

Nationals outfielders have combined on a .859 OPS, which currently ranks second in the National League and third in Major League Baseball. In eight previous seasons in D.C., the top OPS posted by a Nationals outfield was .804 in 2006.

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