Game 138 lineups: Nats at Braves

Game 138 lineups: Nats at Braves
While he's been one of the bright spots in an otherwise lost season, there's no way around the fact that as righty Paolo Espino's innings totals have gone up, his effectiveness has gone down. Espino (4-4, 4.08 ERA) starts tonight as the Nationals open a three-game series at Atlanta, and is hoping to deliver both some length and some efficiency. In six starts since the trade deadline, Espino is 1-2 wih a 6.57 ERA and an opponent slash line of .297/.336/.564. He's eclipsed five innings only...
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Game 137 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Game 137 lineups: Nats vs. Mets
At long last, the Nationals and Mets wrap up their five-game holiday weekend series, not to mention their 19-game season series, this afternoon. These two teams have been playing each other way too much lately. In fact, 11 of the Nats' last 25 games have come against the Mets. I think I speak for everyone who has had to cover or watch all these games when I say: Thank God. As for today's finale, it's Patrick Corbin on the mound, trying desperately to put together a quality start and perhaps...
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Game 136 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Game 136 lineups: Nats vs. Mets
The Nationals and Mets have already played three games in this holiday weekend series, and they're not even close to wrapping it up just yet. They face off this afternoon, then will return Monday afternoon for the Labor Day finale of a rare, five-game set. After the craziness of Saturday's doubleheader, everyone would appreciate a simpler affair today. And the Nats would love to get another quality start from Josiah Gray, who failed to turn in a quality performance last time out for the first...
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Game 135 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Game 135 lineups: Nats vs. Mets
With their losing streak at seven games, the Nationals will send left-hander Josh Rogers to the mound against the Mets in the nightcap of today's doubleheader. Gametime is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. after the extra-inning loss in the opener, and "Nats Xtra" pregame will air at 6:30 p.m. on MASN. Rogers was 7-3 2ith a 3.70 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) for Triple-A Rochester. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Nats on June 4, three days after he was released by the Orioles. The...
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Orioles and Yankees lineups (updated)

Orioles and Yankees lineups (updated)
Pedro Severino returns to the Orioles lineup this afternoon against the Yankees after a two-game absence. Severino replaced Austin Wynns behind the plate last night in the 10th inning. Ryan McKenna is in left field and Austin Hays is in right. Trey Mancini has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, batting .320 (16-for-50) with three doubles, a home run, four RBIs, two walks and seven runs scored. He homered and singled last night and is the designated hitter this afternoon. Hays has hit safely...
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Game 134 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Game 134 lineups: Nats vs. Mets
If the Nationals are going to halt their six-game skid, they're going to need a decent start from right-hander Erick Fedde (6-9, 5.08 ERA), who goes in the seven-inning opener of a doubleheader this afternoon. Though he's coming off a loss to the Mets on Sunday at Citi FIeld, Fedde has won two of his last three outings after a stretch that saw him drop four consecutive decisions. In his 9-4 loss to the Mets in his last start, Fedde allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3...
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Orioles and Yankees lineups (plus notes)

Orioles and Yankees lineups (plus notes)
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde waited until later than usual to post his lineup for tonight's series opener against the Yankees in the Bronx. He had to check on a few players with questionable health statuses. "We're just waiting on a couple guys and it's that time of year," he said. Austin Wynns is starting again behind the plate, as he did Wednesday in Toronto. The team was off yesterday. Ryan Mountcastle is playing first base and Trey Mancini is batting fourth as the designated hitter....
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Game 133 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Game 133 lineups: Nats vs. Mets
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Sean Nolin (0-2, 6.57 ERA) will take the hill tonight to face the Mets.Since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 11, the lefty has made three starts, two of them against the Mets, against whom he's gone 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.680 WHIP, allowing six runs on 14 hits with no walks, three strikeouts and three homers yielded in 8 1/3 innings. The way things are going, the Nationals would be thrilled to get some length out of Nolin, whose...
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Game 132 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

Game 132 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies
As bad as the rain was Wednesday, and as awful as the weather has been for weeks now, boy is today a nice pay-off. Fall has arrived in full force, and it's going to be a glorious afternoon for baseball as the Nationals and Phillies wrap up their delayed series finale. The postponement was probably good for the Nats bullpen, which was beginning to run on fumes given a heavy workload of late. Everyone should be available to pitch today in relief of Paolo Espino, who should be good for his...
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Game 131 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

Game 131 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies
There isn't nearly as much anticipation for tonight's game as there was Monday night, when Keibert Ruiz made his Nationals debut with Josiah Gray on the mound. But that doesn't mean tonight's game isn't significant. Ruiz, remember, is an everyday player. At a premium position, where he'll have an impact on the outcome of every game. So in some ways it may be more interesting to see how the 23-year-old catcher handles tonight's contest, both at the plate against Phillies left-hander Matt...
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Game 130 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

Game 130 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies
If you were going to rank the games of most significance for the Nationals over the remainder of this season, tonight's series opener against the Phillies might rank at the top. That's what you get when you pair Keibert Ruiz's club debut with a Josiah Gray start. It's a nice coincidence - or is it? - that Ruiz's debut coincides with Gray's start. The two biggest names acquired at the trade deadline, both from the Dodgers in the Max Scherzer-Trea Turner blockbuster, have worked together...
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Orioles and Rays lineups

Orioles and Rays lineups
Jorge Mateo returns to the Orioles lineup for tonight's game against the Rays at Camden Yards. Mateo hasn't played since leaving Tuesday's game with discomfort in his lower back. He reached base twice on infield singles. Ramón Urías, who is 13-for-29 in his last eight games, starts again at shortstop. Mateo is playing second base. Austin Hays and Jahmai Jones are on the bench. DJ Stewart is in left field and Anthony Santander in right. Kelvin Gutiérrez is the third baseman. Trey...
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Game 128 lineups: Nats at Mets

Game 128 lineups: Nats at Mets
Friday night proved to be a fun, and arguably important, win for the Nationals, who got to see four inexperienced relievers thrive in a pressure situation and hang on to beat the Mets, 2-1. Tonight? Well, it might require a bit more offense to emerge victorious again. That's because Sean Nolin takes the mound for his third start for the Nats, his second against the Mets. The journeyman left-hander hasn't exactly dazzled since his promotion from Triple-A. He gave up four runs on eight hits in...
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Game 129: Nats at Mets

Game 129: Nats at Mets
Erick Fedde (6-8, 4.91 ERA) has already set a career high in victories, innings pitched and strikeouts this season. Now he'll try to get a little closer to .500 and cement himself as a rotation piece for the Nationals next season. The right-hander has gone 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his last three starts, winning his past two decisions after going 10 straight decisions without a victory. Fedde is still seeking his first career triumph over the Mets, after going 0-2 with a 4.29 ERA and 1.357 WHIP...
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Game 127 lineups: Nats at Mets

Game 127 lineups: Nats at Mets
If you go back about six weeks, back when the Nationals were still wondering if they'd be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, one of the arguments supporting them to go for it was the Mets' schedule. New York, despite leading the National League East most of the season, was going to face an absolute gauntlet in mid-August, with 13 consecutive games against the Dodgers and Giants. If the Nats could just stay close until then, the thought went, they would have a chance to surpass them...
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Game 126 lineups: Nats at Marlins

Game 126 lineups: Nats at Marlins
After suffering through a stretch of six straight outings in which he yielded at least four runs in each start, left-hander Patrick Corbin (7-12, 5.82 ERA) turned in a gem on Aug. 20 at Milwaukee, holding the playoff-bound Brewers to a run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his first victory since July 7. Now Corbin just has to do it again. An aggressive young Marlins team will be the latest test for the southpaw's improved fastball velocity, which allows him to set up his slider. In...
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Game 125 lineups: Nats at Marlins

Game 125 lineups: Nats at Marlins
Every Josiah Gray start has been an event since the young right-hander arrived in Washington earlier this month. Tonight's game in Miami, though, becomes an even bigger event because of the fellow young right-hander who will be facing Gray: Edward Cabrera. Cabrera, the Marlins' top pitching prospect, makes his major league debut. Which makes this a rare matchup between two pitchers who rank among the top 100 prospects in baseball. Cabrera has an electric arm, with a power sinker that reaches...
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Game 124 lineups: Nats at Marlins

Game 124 lineups: Nats at Marlins
After a run of games against contending clubs, the Nationals tonight open a three-game series against the club that currently occupies the basement of the National League East, right below them. The Marlins, like the Nats, are rebuilding, though in their case it feels more like a perpetual rebuild. But like the Nationals, the Marlins have some intriguing young players, especially on their pitching staff. And tonight we'll see one of them in Jesús Luzardo, the former Nats prospect who went...
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Game 123 lineups: Nats at Brewers

Game 123 lineups: Nats at Brewers
The Nationals' winning streak ended Saturday in Milwaukee, but they've still got a chance to win the weekend series if they can bounce back in this afternoon's finale. All things considered, that's not a bad position to be in. They're going to need to get some quality innings out of Sean Nolin, who gets the start as Joe Ross' replacement for now. Nolin, the 31-year-old journeyman left-hander, made one other start for the Nats 10 days ago in New York and gave up four runs on eight hits in...
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Orioles and Braves lineups (updated)

Orioles and Braves lineups (updated)
The Orioles will try to snap a 17-game losing streak this afternoon and avoid their 16th sweep of the season while closing out their series against the Braves. DJ Stewart, who's receiving treatment for a sore knee, is in left field today. Ramón Urías is the third baseman and Jorge Mateo is playing second base. Anthony Santander is in right field and batting cleanup. John Means is making his first career start against the Braves. His ERA is a season-high 3.44 after he allowed four earned...
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