Preview: Nationals at Dodgers
GAME: Washington Nationals (14-5) at Los Angeles Dodgers (13-6)
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 27 – 10:10 PM EST
WHERE: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
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Washington had its five-game winning streak snapped by the San Diego Padres on Thursday, but the Nationals have still won six straight series to open the season. The Washington Nationals have received scoreless starts in eight of their 19 games, and they’ll need another strong outing when Ross Detwiler faces Clayton Kershaw; in Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is off to a surprising 13-6 start, but there is some concern about closer Javy Guerra, who lost his second game in as many days on Wednesday. Guerra took a shot off his jaw in the ninth inning and gave up three runs on five straight singles, but he said he’ll be fine for this weekend’s series. Kenley Jansen appears ready to close, but manager Don Mattingly said he’s sticking with Guerra.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals LH Ross Detwiler (2-0, 0.56 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton
Kershaw (1-0, 1.61 ERA)
Detwiler is filling in for the rehabbing Chien-Ming Wang, but he’s making a
strong case to remain in the rotation. He has 15 strikeouts in 16 innings, and
he tossed six scoreless innings last Friday against Miami. Detwiler was a first-round selection
(sixth overall) by Washington
Kershaw rebounded from a subpar outing with seven scoreless innings against the
Houston Astros last Saturday. He has 22 strikeouts and six walks over his first
22 1/3 innings, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.61 ERA in six games (five starts) against
1. Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) missed his fourth straight game Thursday and could be headed to the disabled list.
2. Matt Kemp is batting .449 with a .513 on-base percentage, .942 slugging percentage, 10 home runs, 23 RBIs, 19 runs and 31 hits in 19 games.
3. Dodgers left fielder Juan Rivera (hamstring) is listed as day-to-day, and the team is optimistic he’ll be able to avoid the disabled list.
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