What to Watch for: 6.14.13

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Washington Nationals (33-32) vs. Cleveland Indians (32-33)

LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.59) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (8-5, 3.68) 

The Nationals come into Cleveland winners of two straight games and two consecutive series, as they have floated back above the .500 mark with 97 games left in the regular season. Although he has not earned a win in his last six outings, Gio Gonzalez has compiled a 2.27 ERA over that span entering tonight’s series opener.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Bernadina LF

3. Zimmerman DH

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Tracy 3B

8. Suzuki C

9. Lombardozzi 2B

Gonzalez LHP

GIO BE GOOD

Gio Gonzalez’s 5-0 career mark (six starts) against Cleveland is tops among active players. Additionally, he is the only pitcher to have made as many as four starts at Progressive Field without suffering a no-decision or loss, going 4-0 with a 0.68 ERA (2 ER/26.2 IP) in his four outings at this ballpark.

GETTING OFFENSIVE

Washington has won four of its last five games, during which the club has batted .292 (49-for-168), averaged 5.0 runs/game (25 runs total) and 4.4 walks/game (22 walks total). The Nationals have gone 15-for-48 (.313) with runners in scoring position in their last five contests.

ALL-STAR NOD

It was announced yesterday that Davey Johnson will serve as a coach on Bruce Bochy’s staff for the 84th All-Star Game, which will be played July 16 at Citi Field in New York. Johnson, the National League Manager of the Year in 2012, skippered the New York Mets from 1984-2000 and guided the Mets to a World Championship in 1986. This marks his seventh All-Star appearance, as he managed the NL in ‘87, coached under Whitey Herzog in ‘86, and was a four-time All-Star as a player (‘68-70, ‘73).

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