Nationals Vs. Diamondbacks Preview: Stephen Strasburg Starts As Shutdown Approaches

August 5, 2012;Washington D. C., USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws a pitch during the game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Nationals open a three game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Steven Strasburg will start as he approaches his shut-down date.

The Washington Nationals are approaching the alleged shutdown of pitcher Stephen Strasburg here in the next few starts. He takes the hill tonight as the Nationals open a three game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and are looking to extend their six-game winning streak.

Strasburg is coming off a start where he pitched six shut out innings against the Miami Marlins on August 5. In that start he allowed only three hits and struck out six as well.

The Diamondbacks will counter with pitcher Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.76). In his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 5, Cahill went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six in a no decision.

The game is set for a start time of 9:40 p.m. with the television broadcast on MASN 2. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.

For more on all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out AZ Snakepit, SB Nation's Arizona Diamondbacks blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. Please head over to the SB Nation MLB hub page for more on this and every Major League Baseball game and series.

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