WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals reacts after being doused with Gatorade by his teammates after hitting the game winning sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the tenth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Marlins Vs. Nationals: Weather Postpones Sunday's Series Finale

The Washington Nationals red-hot start to the season has been put on hold, for Sunday at least, as the game between Washington and the Miami Marlins was postponed by weather.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Sunday's Postponement Will Not Alter Washington Rotation

The Washington Nationals series finale with the Miami Marlins scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been postponed due to weather, with the team yet to announce a makeup date. The canceling of Sunday's game will not, however, alter the Washington rotation.

Via Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider:

Manager Davey Johnson said he won't make any changes to his rotation, so all five of his starters will now get six days of rest between outings. Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson will pitch against the Padres Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Ross Detwiler, Stephen Strasburg and Gonzalez will pitch next weekend against the Dodgers.

The starting pitchers for the 12-4 Nationals have not allowed a run in their last 16 innings and sport a MLB-best 1.82 ERA.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this and every series for the Nationals, please head over to Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Washington Nationals blog. For some perspective from the other dugout, head over to Fish Stripes. As always, you can visit Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB baseball game.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Weather Postpones Sunday's Series Finale

The Washington Nationals red-hot start to the season has been put on hold, for Sunday at least, as the game between Washington and the Miami Marlins is postponed by weather. Via the team's official twitter feed:

The 12-4 Nationals had planned to send lefty Gio Gonzalez to the mound to face Miami's Josh Johnson, with Washington looking for their first series sweep of their division rival since 2009. The team has yet to announce a makeup date for the game.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this and every series for the Nationals, please head over to Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Washington Nationals blog. For some perspective from the other dugout, head over to Fish Stripes. As always, you can visit Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB baseball game.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Gio Gonzalez, Washington Shoot For Series Sweep Of Miami

The red-hot Washington Nationals (12-4) send Gio Gonzalez to the mound Sunday against the Miami Marlins (7-8), as Washington looks to match its best 17-game start in 31 years.

Gonzalez, acquired in the offseason from the Oakland Athletics, has allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings in his last two starts, and is 1-0 on the year with a 2.04 ERA. He currently has a 14-inning scoreless streak at Nationals Park.

The Marlins will counter with staff ace Josh Johnson, just 0-2 this season with a 5.94 ERA. However, the right-hander is 7-0 with a 3.22 ERA in 14 career starts against the Nationals.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this and every series for the Nationals, please head over to Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Washington Nationals blog. For some perspective from the other dugout, head over to Fish Stripes. As always, you can visit Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB baseball game.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nats Win In Extras Over Marlins, 3-2

It took ten innings to do it, but the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 3-2 at Nationals Park.

Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Ian Desmond scored the winning run from third base giving the Nats a walk-off win and bringing their record to 12-4 on the season.

The loss drops Miami to one game under .500 with a 7-8 record.

For Washington, Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) got the win, but Stephen Strasburg had another solid outing going six complete innings giving up four hits, one walk and striking out six Marlins batters. He threw 94 pitches and 60 strikes in the ball game.

As a team, the Nats had 35 at-bats with seven hits and nine strikeouts as Desmond led the way with two RBI's in the game.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this and every series for the Nationals, please head over to Federal Baseball, SB Nation'sWashington Nationals blog. For some perspective from the other dugout, head over to Fish Stripes. As always, you can visit Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB baseball game.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Miami, Washington Scoreless After Five Innings

After five innings of play, the Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals are scoreless at National Park.

Stephen Strasburg has struck out five batters and given up just three hits against the Marlins. Strasburg has thrown 71 pitches and 43 strikes in the ballgame while facing 17 batters. Washington has had 17 at bats so far with two hits, six strike outs and five batters left on base.

Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa has the Nats lone two hits in the game so far.

For the Marlins, Anibal Sanchez has given up two hits and struck out six Washington National batters. Sanchez has thrown 55 pitches and 40 strikes. The Marlins has had 15 at bats with four hits, six strike outs and seven batters left on base.

Jose Reyes, Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs have all registered hits for Miami.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg Looks To Win Third Straight Start

The Washington Nationals (11-4) are off to their best start in 31 years, and on Saturday look to continue the early-season success when Stephen Strasburg takes the hill against the Miami Marlins (7-7). Washington won the series opener 2-0 on Friday night behind six strong innings from Ross Detwiler.

Strasburg is looking to win three straight starts for just the second time in his young career. The right-hander last pitched on Monday, when he held the Houston Astros to two runs in six innings of work. In four career starts against the Marlins, Strasburg is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA, striking out 24 batters in 22 1/3 innings.

Miami will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound to face Washington. Sanchez has dominated the Nationals in his career, going 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 17 starts against Washington.

Here is the full Nationals lineup for Saturday's contest:

Ian Desmond- SS

Danny Espinosa- 2B

Ryan Zimmerman- 3B

Chad Tracy 1B

Jayson Werth- RF

Rick Ankiel- CF

Xavier Nady- LF

Wilson Ramos- C

Stephen Strasburg - RHP

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Marlins Vs. Nationals Recap: Ross Detwiler Dominant, Washington Wins Series Opener

The Washington Nationals rebounded from their blowout loss to the Astros with a clean and tidy 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. It was the first meeting of the year between the two NL East foes, and Nats made quick work in a game that lasted two hours and 31 minutes. It was the first shutout of the Marlins at Nationals Park.

As has been the case throughout the first month of the season, Davey Johnson received an excellent start from his pitching staff. This time it was Ross Detwiler who went to work, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up only three hits against the Marlins lineup. Detwiler was fantastic, blowing it by the Fish seven times.

The bullpen picked up right where Detwiler left off, closing it out with three scoreless innings in relief. Tyler Clippard struggled a bit in the 8th inning, as the Marlins seemed determined to waste a bunch of pitches. But he got through it unscathed, stranding runners at first and second with a strikeout of the always dangerous Hanley Ramirez.

With the pitching staff keeping the Marlins in check all night, the offense didn't need to do much. Rick Ankiel led off the bottom of the 3rd with his first home run and RBI of the season. Ankiel took Carlos Zambrano, his former NL Central division rival, deep to center for the 1-0 lead. That would be the game-winning run, but Washington would add insurance in the bottom of the 8th when Ian Desmond knocked in Ankiel with an infield single.

The Nats have now won the opening game in each of their three home series this season, improving to 7-2 at home and 11-4 overall. Ace Stephen Strasburg will look to keep up the staff's success in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

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Miami Vs. Washington: Ross Detwiler Starts Weekend Series For Washington

The Miami Marlins make their first visit to Washington in 2012 to take on the red-hot Nationals.

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