What to Watch for: 5.11.13

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Chicago Cubs (13-22) vs. Washington Nationals (20-15)

RHP Edwin Jackson (0-5, 6.39) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-4, 3.45)

The Nationals look for their sixth consecutive win Saturday afternoon, when they host former teammate Edwin Jackson and the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for Washington, seeking his first victory since Opening Day.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Bernadina RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Espinosa 2B

7. Moore LF

8. Ramos C

9. Strasburg RHP

DESI DOES IT

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 yesterday, becoming the third Nationals player (2005-present) to collect 500 hits. He joins Ryan Zimmerman (1,128 hits) and Christian Guzman (581) as members of the 500 hit club in the District. Middle infield mate Danny Espinosa (324 hits) is next on the list.

LONG STREAK OF LONG BALLS

The Nationals have hit at least one home run in 68 consecutive series, extending that mark with Ian Desmond’s blast Friday against Chicago. The last time Washington played a homerless series was during a four-game set at Citi Field, September 12-15, 2011. Only the Texas Rangers (77-straight series) have a longer active streak.

LOCKED IN

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 2-for-4 Friday, his third-straight multi-hit game and seventh-straight game reaching safely at least twice. During the streak, which began May 2 in Atlanta, LaRoche has 11 hits and six walks, good for a .607 on-base percentage. He ranks first in batting average, first in OBP and fourth in OPS in the Major Leagues in that span.

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