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What to Watch for: 7.13.13

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Washington Nationals (47-46) vs. Miami Marlins (34-57)

RHP Dan Haren (4-10, 6.00) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.83)

Washington looks to rebound in the second of a three-game set as they face Marlins hard-throwing rookie All-Star Jose Fernandez. The Nationals will counter with Dan Haren, who shut the Phillies out for the final four innings of his start in Philadelphia on Monday, but took the tough-luck loss in a 3-2 final.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Desmond SS

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Werth RF

7. Lombardozzi 2B

8. Ramos C

9. Haren RHP

HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES

At 16-11 (.593), the Nationals own the National League’s second-best record in one-run games. Only the Diamondbacks (20-12, .625) own a better winning percentage in one-run contests.

A WERTHY STREAK

Jayson Werth has hit safely in nine straight games with six walks, a double, two home runs, six RBI and a .517/.583/.759 slash line. Werth’s last double-digit hit streak was a 13-gamer, September 7-19, 2008 with Philadelphia.

THE SERIES

Washington has won only four of 19 series played in Miami since the beginning of the 2007 campaign. The Nationals swept a season-opening, three-game set at Nationals Park from the Marlins and outscored their division foes, 11-1, in the process. The Nationals and Marlins split 18 games last season despite Washington’s 20-12 advantage in home runs.

What to Watch for: 7.8.13

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Washington Nationals (46-42) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (43-46)

RHP Dan Haren (4-9, 6.15) vs. LHP John Lannan (1-3, 5.15)

The Nationals finished a three-game sweep of the Padres to cap their final homestand before the All-Star break with a 5-2 mark. Washington will put its four-game winning streak on the line, opening a four-game set in Philadelphia Monday night before traveling to Miami for the final series of the season’s first half.

There’s plenty of other news in Washington, where Dan Haren will come off the Disabled List to make his first start since June 22. The Nationals placed left-hander Ross Detwiler on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week, and optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse to help make room for Haren. The other spot on the roster will be filled by veteran outfielder Scott Hairston, who was acquired for Ivan Pineyro, a right-handed pitcher who had been in Single-A in the Washington system.

The move was lauded by Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, who was happy with the extra depth he now has from the right side on his bench.

“He’s the kind of player we need,” said Johnson before Monday night’s game. “You need a veteran presence on the bench. He knows the pitchers, knows what he needs to do.”

Hairston certainly knows the Phillies well. He is 12-for-30 (.400) with five doubles and five home runs in his career against tomorrow’s scheduled starter, Cole Hamels. Hairston’s success against lefties (over .500 career slugging percentage) and particularly those in Philadelphia were two of the reasons the Nationals pulled the trigger on the trade prior to this series, according to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo.

“He fit the parameters of what we were looking for in terms of the history of exactly what he was brought in here to do,” said Rizzo.

One other piece of news broke shortly before the game Monday night. Bryce Harper, already elected as the youngest National League starter in All-Star Game history, has been chosen by captain David Wright to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby, taking place at 8:00 p.m. ET next Tuesday, July 15. Harper will be joined by Wright as well as Colorado Rockies outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Desmond SS

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. Werth RF

6. LaRoche 1B

7. Rendon 2B

8. Ramos C

9. Haren RHP

GRAND SLAMMIN’

This is Washington’s second of three visits to the City of Brotherly Love this season, but their second in 19 days. Ian Desmond’s 11th-inning grand slam on June 19 allowed the Nationals to claim the series finale of the three-gamer here, June 17-19. Desmond’s game-winning slam has sparked a 12-6 surge for the Nationals, who have sliced 3.0 games off the Braves lead in the NL East in that span.

GREAT SCOTT!

Scott Hairston is a .244 career hitter with 126 doubles, 103 home runs, 298 RBI and 289 runs scored in 10 big league seasons. He has a trio of 15-homer seasons to his credit, including a career-best 20-home run effort in 2012. Hairston’s average of one homer every 22.3 at-bats ranks 21st among active right-handed hitters (min. 2,500 plate appearances). Hairston was originally drafted in 2001 by Mike Rizzo, who at the time was Arizona’s Director of Scouting. Hairston’s older brother, Jerry Jr., played for the Nationals in 2011.

TRIUMPHANT TRIO

Stephen Strasburg (sixth, 2.45), Jordan Zimmermann (seventh, 2.57) and Gio Gonzalez (16th, 3.14) all rank among the NL’s top 20 in ERA this season. Among teams with at least three qualified starters, the Strasburg-Zimmermann-Gonzalez triumvirate is baseball’s best, as they’ve combined on a 2.67 ERA (104 ER/344.0 IP) this year. St. Louis (2.91 ERA from Adam Wainwright-Shelby Miller-Lance Lynn) and Cincinnati (3.16 ERA from Mike Leake-Mat Latos-Bronson Arroyo) rank second and third, respectively, on that list.

What to Watch for: 6.22.13

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Colorado Rockies (37-38) vs. Washington Nationals (37-36)

RHP Jhoulys Chacin (5-3, 4.26) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-8, 5.72)

The Nationals won their third straight game thanks to Ian Desmond’s seventh-inning, go-ahead jack, his third homer in as many contests. The win helped propel Washington to its sixth win in 10 games, and gave the Nats their first season series win over the Rockies since 2005. Today, Dan Haren takes the mound to try to give the Nationals their first four-game winning streak since winning five in a row between May 4-10.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Bernadina RF

7. Lombardozzi LF

8. Solano C

9. Haren RHP

GOOD WOOD

Remarkably, nine of Ian Desmond’s 12 home runs this season have been go-ahead blasts. Desmond currently leads all active MLB shortstops with 32 extra-base hits (18 doubles, 2 triples, 12 home runs). During Washington’s current three-game win streak, Desmond has posted the game-winning RBI in each contest, and he paces all MLB shortstops with nine game-winning RBI.

19 PUBLIC UNTUCKINGS AND COUNTING

With 19 saves in hand, Rafael Soriano is one save shy of becoming the third Nationals closer to tally 20 saves before the end of June. At present, Matt Capps (20th save on June 9, 2010 vs. Pittsburgh) and Chad Cordero (June 14, 2005 at Los Angeles Angels) comprise this short list.

BULL-PENNINGS

In 14 games and 43.0 innings dating to the June 8 series opener vs. Minnesota, Jim Lett’s bullpen is 4-3 with five holds, four saves (zero blown saves), 43 strikeouts and a 1.67 ERA (8 ER/43.0 IP). In that span, the bullpen has lowered its season ERA from 4.06 to 3.61. The bullpen has not allowed a home run at Nationals Park since Atlanta’s Ramiro Pena went deep in the 10th inning on April 12. Since that blast, Nationals relievers have worked 73.1 consecutive homerless innings in the District.

What to Watch for: 6.17.13

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Washington Nationals (34-34) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)

RHP Dan Haren (4-8, 5.70) vs. LHP John Lannan (0-1, 6.14) 

The Nationals make their first of three trips to Philadelphia this season as they open a three-game set against former teammate John Lannan at Citizens Bank Park. Dan Haren toes the rubber for Washington, as the club looks to push back over the .500 mark for the season.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Kobernus CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Werth RF

5. Desmond SS

6. Marrero 1B

7. Suzuki C

8. Lombardozzi LF

9. Haren RHP

STREAKING SHORTSTOP

Ian Desmond has reached base safely in 18 straight contests, pocketing a .364 batting average (24-for-66) and .417 on-base percentage with five walks, four doubles, three homers, eight runs scored and 13 RBI over that span. Desmond has recorded hits in 16 of the aforementioned 18 games, including a career-best 15-game hit streak. Defensively, Desmond has played a career-high 49 consecutive errorless games (200 total chances) since last committing a miscue on April 21 at New York (NL), marking the longest current streak of its kind among big league shortstops.

MINOR (LEAGUE) VICTORIES

The Hagerstown Suns yesterday secured a postseason berth with a 38-29 (.567) first-half record in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division. Manager Tripp Keister’s Suns have won their last three contests and are 5-1 in their last six games. Last week, Brian Daubach’s Potomac Nationals (42-27, .609) grabbed a postseason spot when they were crowned the Carolina League’s First Half Northern Division Champs.

PHINDING PHOOTING IN PHILLY

Washington is 18-12 (.600) against the Phillies under Davey Johnson, including a 4-1 mark in one-run contests. Before going 10-8 against the Phillies in 2011, the Nationals/Expos had won only two season series from Philadelphia the previous 14 years.

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).

What to Watch for: 6.5.13

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New York Mets (22-33) vs. Washington Nationals (29-29)

RHP Dillon Gee (3-6, 5.68) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-6, 5.09) 

After 57 games without a walk-off win, the Nationals earned their first of the 2013 season last night off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi, who looped a sac fly to left with to score Adam LaRoche from third base in the ninth inning. With Dan Haren on the mound tonight, the Nats look to build off last night’s late rally and provide better run support, after only collecting three hits in Haren’s last start against the Orioles.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Rendon 2B

7. Lombardozzi LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

NOW THAT’S A PLATE APPEARANCE

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steve Lombardozzi’s nine-pitch sac fly was the longest plate appearance of the season to conclude in a game-ending RBI. In fact, the last player to end a game with a plate appearance lasting in excess of nine pitches was Jayson Werth, who homered on the 13th pitch of his ninth-inning at-bat in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis to give the Nationals a 2-1 win.

FIRST BLOOD

The Nationals are 22-5 when scoring first in 2013 and their corresponding .815 winning percentage ranks second among National League teams behind only Atlanta (24-3, .889).

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond has hit safely in eight straight games at a .333 clip (10-for-30) with three doubles, two homers, three RBI, a walk and four runs scored. Defensively, Desmond has played 39 consecutive errorless games (155 total chances) since last committing an error on April 21 against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Highlights: 5.30.13

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5.30.13 – Orioles 2, Nationals 0

Stat of the Game: Dan Haren worked into the eighth inning allowing just two runs, tossing his fifth quality start of the season. 

Under-the-Radar Performance: Roger Bernadina hit in all four games vs. Baltimore, finishing the series 5-for-16 with a double and two home runs.

It Was Over When: The Orioles added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to push ahead 2-0.

What to Watch for: 5.26.13

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Philadelphia Phillies (24-25) vs. Washington Nationals (25-24)

LHP Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-5, 2.66) 

The Nationals fell 5-3 last night, despite outhitting the Phillies 11-6, but turn to Stephen Strasburg in the series rubber match, as Ross Detwiler moves two slots in the rotation. With Detwiler set to return Tuesday, the team looks to put it all together on offense today against a struggling Cole Hamels.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Harper RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Moore LF

7. Solano C

8. Lombardozzi 2B

9. Strasburg RHP

DAN THE DOUBLE-DIGIT MAN

By fanning 10 on Saturday vs. Philadelphia, Dan Haren became the first Nationals pitcher to record a double-digit strikeout effort not only this season, but since Edwin Jackson punched out 10 Cardinals on August 30, 2012 in D.C. Washington starters went 80 games between double-digit strikeout tallies. Haren’s 14 career games of 10+ punch outs is the most among current Nationals. The remainder of the staff has 18 combined 10+ K efforts: Stephen Strasburg (8), Gio Gonzalez (7), Jordan Zimmermann (3)

2ND TO ONE

With Jeff Kobernus’ Major League debut on Saturday, he became the second Nationals second-round draft selection to reach the big leagues. The first was Jordan Zimmermann, who is 32-28 with a 3.24 ERA in 91 starts for Washington since being tabbed with the 67th-overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

BABY STEPS

With 10 hits on Friday and 11 more on Saturday, the Nationals have recorded consecutive double-digit hit totals for the first time since doing so in three straight contests, April 9-11 vs. the White Sox (13, 11, 10).

What to Watch for: 5.19.13

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Washington Nationals (23-20) vs. San Diego Padres (19-23)

RHP Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84)

Washington goes for the series win in San Diego as the Nationals send Dan Haren to the mound in a battle of right-handers. Haren is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in his last five outings, which include three quality starts.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Lombardozzi 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Moore LF

6. Bernadina RF

7. Espinosa SS

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

RECAPPING JORDAN’S GEM

Jordan Zimmermann took the loss in Saturday’s 2-1 setback at San Diego, but in doing so he registered his Major League-best third complete game this season and eighth quality start (tied for MLB lead). Zimmermann tossed just 85 pitches last night, establishing a new Nationals (‘05-present) record for fewest pitches thrown in a non-rain-shortened, complete-game start. He bettered the previous record of 89 pitches, set by Pedro Astacio in a 5-0 win vs. Atlanta on August 15, 2006.

BARK AND BITE AT PETCO

Thanks in part to three homers in three games this series, Adam LaRoche now has 10 career home runs at Petco Park, which is tops among all players who have never called the park “home” during its existence (Todd Helton, Andruw Jones & Justin Upton are tied for second on that list with nine HR). LaRoche is a career .328 (42-for-128) hitter with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 28 RBI in 35 games at Petco Park. LaRoche’s most career home runs by ballpark: Turner Field (37), PNC Park (36), Nationals Park (23), Chase Field (15), Petco Park (10).

MIDDLE MEN

The 3-4-5 hitters in Washington’s lineup have hit a combined .341 (45-for-132) with nine home runs and 27 RBI while pocketing 16 walks and scoring 26 runs in the team’s last 12 games. Those same spots in the order are batting a combined .274 (128-for-468) with 24 HR & 71 RBI overall this season.

What to Watch for: 5.14.13

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Washington Nationals (21-17) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-22)

RHP Dan Haren (4-3, 5.17) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 1.62)

The Nationals opened their 10-game California trip with a 6-2 victory on Monday night and hope to keep their winning ways going against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Dan Haren takes the mound for Washington riding a three-game winning streak over which he has fashioned a 3.15 ERA, striking out 12 and walking just two.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Espinosa 2B

2. Lombardozzi LF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Desmond SS

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Moore RF

7. Ramos C

8. Perez CF

9. Haren RHP

BETTER THAN LAST YEAR’S BEST

Nationals starting pitchers rank second in the Major League Baseball with a 3.19 ERA (83 ER/234.0 IP). Last season, Washington paced the National League in starters ERA at 3.40.

GOING STREAKING

Adam LaRoche enters tonight’s action riding a 10-game hit streak, one shy of his career-long of 11 (accomplished twice, last July 22-August 3, 2012). During the stretch, which began on May 2, LaRoche has gone 14-for-34 (.412) with two doubles, four RBI, six walks and five runs scored, posting a .488 OBP and a .958 OPS. LaRoche joins Ian Desmond (10 games, April 24-May 3) as the only Nationals to put together double-digit streaks this season.

NO DOUBLE DIPPING

With just 20 GIDPs, the Nationals have been the second-toughest club in the NL to double-up this season (NYM, 15 GDP). Denard Span, who has not grounded into a double play since September 24 last season, currently ranks third in the NL with 137 at-bats without a GIDP.

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