What to Watch for: 6.11.13

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Washington Nationals (31-31) vs. Colorado Rockies (34-30)

RHP Dan Haren (4-7, 5.45) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 4.59)

The Nationals hit the road for a nine-game swing following an off-day on Monday. Washington closed out its recent homestand with a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins, taking the opener, 7-0, and the nightcap, 5-4. Dan Haren takes to the mound at hot, high-elevation Coors Field, where he is 5-2 in eight career starts.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Bernadina LF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Werth RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Rendon 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

OFFENSIVE SURGE

The Nationals have posted double-digit hit totals in each of their last four contests (16 times in initial 58 games). The current stretch of double-digit hit games is a season long, and the most since the team strung together five straight 10+ hit contests from September 4-8 last season. Washington scored 12 runs during its doubleheader sweep against the Twins on Sunday, going 24-for-67 (.358) in the twin-bill, including 8-for-24 (.333) with runners in scoring position.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Nationals begin a nine-game road trip to Denver, Cleveland and Philly during which they will cover approximately 3,500 miles. This trip wraps up a stretch in which the Nationals will play 28 of 38 games on the road (10-14 overall thus far). Washington is 2-8 in its last 10 road games, after going 11-10 in its first 21 contests on away from home.

ZIM KEEPS CLIMBING

Ryan Zimmerman owns the Nationals record having appeared in 1,038 contests (Cristian Guzman ranks a distant second with 550 games) and tonight will move into sole possession of sixth place in franchise annals, surpassing Warren Cromartie. The top five: Tim Wallach (1,767), Gary Carter (1,503), Tim Raines (1,452), Andre Dawson (1,443) and Jose Vidro (1,186).

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