What to Watch for: 7.22.13

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Pittsburgh Pirates (57-39) vs. Washington Nationals (48-50)

 RHP Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.19) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-10, 5.61) 

The Nationals welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second series of their current 10-day, 11-game homestand, with the four-game set kicking off tonight. Washington will send Dan Haren to the mound in a battle of right-handers as the club looks to halt its three-game slide.


1. Harper LF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Span CF

8. Ramos C

9. Haren RHP


Although the Nationals have lost the last 10 games Dan Haren has started, the veteran right-hander has been sharp since coming off the disabled list, carrying a 10.0-inning scoreless streak into tonight’s start. The righty has fanned five or more batters in seven of his last nine outings, and has punched out 45 in his last 42.2 innings of work.


Jayson Werth is batting .322 (46-for-143) with 20 walks, seven doubles, eight home runs, 23 runs scored, 25 RBI and a .400 OBP in 40 games since returning from the DL (right hamstring) on June 4. Werth’s 1.061 OPS in July ranks fifth in the National League, behind only Hanley Ramirez (1.204), Jonathan Lucroy (1.150), Andrew McCutchen (1.113) and Brian McCann (1.109).


The Nationals announced Monday that they have promoted minor league hitting coordinator Rick Schu to the Major League level. Schu has spent the past four years with the Nationals and has been a coach for 16 seasons following a nine-year big league career. Schu has worked with current Nationals Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi and Roger Bernadina in the minors, as well as both Chad Tracy and Scott Hairston during his time with Arizona (2004, ’07-09), where he served as the Diamondbacks hitting coach.

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