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Highlights: 8.27.13

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8.27.13 – Nationals 2, Marlins 1

Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond had three hits, including an RBI-single with two out in the first that proved to be the difference.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Four Washington relievers – Tanner Roark, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano – combined to throw four innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.

It Was Over When: Soriano locked up his 34th save, inducing a game-ending groundout from Adainy Hechavarria.

What to Watch for: 8.27.13

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Miami Marlins (49-80) vs. Washington Nationals (65-65)

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.82) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58)

With a successful 6-4 road trip behind them, the Nationals begin a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three against Miami, whom they swept at home to open the season. Washington has won 11 of its last 16 games, and looks to continue its winning ways with its next 19 contests coming against the Marlins (49-80), New York Mets (58-71) and Philadelphia Phillies (60-71).

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Denard Span CF

2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B

3. Bryce Harper LF

4. Jayson Werth RF

5. Ian Desmond SS

6. Adam LaRoche 1B

7. Wilson Ramos C

8. Anthony Rendon 2B

9. Ross Ohlendorf RHP

AUGUST HEAT

After struggling offensively for much of 2013, the Nationals rank third in the National League in runs per game in the month of August. Washington has scored 108 runs in 22 games this month (4.9 per game). Only the St. Louis Cardinals (5.4 runs in 25 August contests) and Arizona Diamondbacks (5.0 in 23 games) have scored more profusely than the Nationals this month. 

GOING STREAKING

With Sunday’s four-hit effort at Kauffman Stadium, Denard Span has hit safely in nine straight games, at a .400 clip (16-for-40) with two walks, a double, two triples, a homer, five runs and four RBI. Span is in search of his first double-digit hit streak as a member of the Nationals. Meanwhile, Bryce Harper is 13-for-33 (.394) with six walks, five doubles, a homer, six runs scored and six RBI during his current eight-game hit streak. Harper has yet to register a double-digit hit streak at a big leaguer.

GOOD WOOD

The Nationals are 5-1 and have scored at least four runs in each of their last six games, during which they are batting .314 (72-for-229) with 28 walks, 14 doubles, two triples, and nine home runs, all of which have yielded a .387 on-base percentage, a .511 slugging percentage and an .898 OPS. Washington has also gone (.316, 18-for-57) with runners in scoring position in the same six-game span.

Highlights: 7.14.13

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7.14.13 – Nationals 5, Marlins 2 (10 innings)

Stat of the Game: Denard Span had three hits including a pair of RBI-doubles, the last of which broke a 2-2 tie in the 10th inning.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Anthony Rendon also swatted two doubles, giving him 14 through his first 43 Major League games.

It Was Over When: Washington rode three consecutive two-out, RBI-hits in the top of the 10th to a three-run frame to win the final game before the All-Star break.

What to Watch for: 7.14.13

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Washington Nationals (47-47) vs. Miami Marlins (35-57)

RHP Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.45) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 5.73)

The Nationals hope to end their final road trip before the All-Star break on a high note as they look for a Sunday matinee victory in Miami. Despite pitching well in his three appearances to date, Taylor Jordan is still seeking his first Major League win as he’ll be opposed by Henderson Alvarez, making his third Major League start of the season following two outings against Atlanta.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

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. Jordan RHP

BREAKING EVEN

At 47-47, the Nationals currently own a .500 record for the 19th time this year (excluding season-opening 0-0 record). In recent weeks, the Nationals have sported methodical 27-27, 28-28, 29-29, 31-31, 32-32, 33-33, 34-34, 36-36, 37-37, 38-38, 39-39, 40-40, 42-42 and 47-47 records.

RISP-Y BUSINESS

The Nationals are 2-for-36 (.056) with runners in scoring position during their current 1-5 road trip after going 12-for-35 (.343) with RISP during last weekend’s three-game home sweep of the Padres.

MORE JORDAN

Taylor Jordan makes his first career start in his home state of Florida, just a few hours south of where he was born and raised (Merritt Island). Despite allowing just six earned runs through his first three starts, Jordan has taken two losses and a no decision. The 24-year-old righty has been very solid through the first five innings (3 ER/14.1 IP, 1.88 ERA), but has struggled to get outs past that point so far (3 ER/1.1 IP, 20.25 ERA).

Highlights: 7.13.13

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7.13.13 – Marlins 2, Nationals 1 (10 innings)

Stat of the Game: Dan Haren turned in one of his sharpest performances of the seasons, shutting out the Marlins on three hits and a walk over six innings, striking out seven.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Tyler Clippard turned in his eighth straight scoreless outing, over which he’s allowed a single hit and three walks with eight strikeouts.

It Was Over When: Ed Lucas beat out the back end of a potential inning-ending double play ball with the bases loaded to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory.

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.

Highlights: 7.12.13

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7.12.13 – Marlins 8, Nationals 3

Stat of the Game: Ross Ohlendorf tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth extended his hitting streak to nine games with a booming double off the left-field wall, just shy of a home run.

It Was Over When: The Marlins added two more runs in the second following their five-run first inning and the Nationals would get no closer.

Highlights: 4.17.13

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4.17.13 – Nationals 6, Marlins 1

Stat of the Game: With seven innings of one-run ball, Ross Detwiler became just the second pitcher in Nationals/Expos history to go at least six innings while allowing one or fewer runs in each of his first three starts of the season, joining Pedro Martinez.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Coming off a missed game to to the flu, Bryce Harper matched a career high with four hits, including an RBI infield single with two outs in the ninth.

It Was Over When: The Nationals bounced back from their only run allowed (on a questionable call in the bottom of the fifth inning) to score single runs in the sixth and seventh and put the game out of reach.

What to Watch for: 4.17.13

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Washington Nationals (8-6) vs. Miami Marlins (3-11)

LHP Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.12)

The Nationals look to wrap up their first road series victory of the 2013 season after splitting the first two games of the series. Washington is 4-1 so far this season vs. the Marlins.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Werth RF

2. Lombardozzi 2B

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Bernadina CF

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The Nationals pace the NL as 40.2 percent of their hits have gone for extra bases. This season, Washington’s 117 hits include 27 doubles, two triples and 18 homers. Atlanta ranks second in the NL (38.6%).

IAN’S BEING … IAN

Ian Desmond paces all MLB middle infielders in extra-base hits with 10 (seven doubles, triple, two home runs). Desmond’s seven doubles are also tied for the MLB lead (all positions) with Seattle’s Kyle Seager.

GONE FISHIN’

With the series outcome on the line tonight, note that Washington has won only three of 18 series played in Miami since the beginning of the 2007 campaign. The Nationals and Marlins split 18 games last season despite Washington’s 20-12 advantage in home runs. Via a 10-8 mark in 2007, the Nationals/Expos franchise has won only one season series from the Marlins since ’98.

Highlights: 4.16.13

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4.16.13 – Nationals 10, Marlins 3

Stat of the Game: The Marlins third team home run of the year proved to be huge, opening up a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Steve Lombardozzi delivered two hits and an RBI in his second straight spot start off the bench. He has four hits, including two doubles, a run scored and two RBI this series.

It Was Over When: Following a four-run fourth frame, the Marlins added three more in the fifth to open up a 7-0 lead.

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