Nationals Vs. Padres: Stephen Strasburg Struggles, Washington Falls, 6-1

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Washington Stumbles 6-1, Splits Two-Game Series With San Diego

More: Nationals shut down by Bass, Padres

With Stephen Strasburg taking the mound for the Washington Nationals (22-14) in the second game of a two-game set against the San Diego Padres (13-24), the hope was that the 6-foo-4 right-hander could deliver the Nats a victory and a series sweep. After surrendering four earned runs over the first four innings, that hope, in large part, was lost, as Washington fell to the last-place Padres, 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

Strasburg struggled most of all during the first inning, as he gave up three runs capped off by a two-run single from catcher Jeff Baker that scored Chase Headley and Yonder Alonso.

And though the bullpen allowed just four hits and two runs over the remaining four innings, Washington's hitters never got going at the plate, totaling just six hits and one run -- a solo home run from Bryce Harper in the fifth inning.

Washington, which had beat San Diego 8-5 on Monday, will now host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a two-game series on Wednesday and Thursday before a weekend set against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park.

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Padres Vs. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg Takes Mound Looking For Quick Two-Game Sweep

The Nationals got a win in the first game of their short series against the San Diego Padres on Monday night, and they can earn a quick seep of the two game set with a win on Tuesday afternoon. The game starts at 1 pm and can be found on MASN.

Bill Ladson has tweeted out the starting lineup for the Nationals, and it is as follows.

1 - Ian Desmond - SS
2 - Roger Bernadina - LF
3 - Ryan Zimmerman - 3B
4 - Adam LaRoche - 1B
5 - Bryce Harper - RF
6 - Danny Espinosa - 2B
7 - Rick Ankiel - CF
8 - Jesus Flores - C
9 - Stephen Strasburg - SP

According to the Nationals official twitter account, the team has called Carlos Maldonaldo up to replace Sandy Leon, who has been put on the 15-day DL. Wilson Ramos has also been placed on the 60-day DL.

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Sandy Leon Injury: Nationals' Catcher To Disabled List, Carlos Maldonado Called Up

After Monday night's win over the Padres, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that rookie catcher Sandy Leon will make a trip to the disabled list. Leon suffered a sprained right ankle in a home plate collision with San Diego's Chase Headley. He was making his first career start after being called up to replace Wilson Ramos whose season ended on Saturday with a torn ACL. Leon was blocking the plate and tried to stab a short-hop throw from Danny Espinosa when Headley crushed him, with his right leg bending underneath his body. He limped off with the help of the trainer and Randy Knorr and was replaced by Jesus Flores. And it didn't take Johnson long to confirm that he will need a stint on the DL, via Adam Kilgore:

With two catchers lost in the last three days, the Nationals will now turn to veteran minor-leaguer Carlos Maldonado as a backup to Flores. Maldonado is hitting .224 in 20 games with Syracuse this season.

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Padres Vs. Nationals: Bats Carry Washington To 8-5 Win

The Washington Nationals rebounded nicely from Sunday's ninth inning walk-off loss to the Reds with an 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of their short two-game series. Washington took the San Diego staff deep on three different occasions, including rookie Bryce Harper's first major league homer in the bottom of the third. Harper caught a low Tim Stauffer breaking ball on the sweet spot and took it to straight away center.

The Harper homer gave Ross Detwiler an early 4-1 lead, but the Nats' starter was not particularly sharp. Detwiler gave the lead up in the bottom of the third as the Padres, who do not have a muderers' row of bats, put a three-spot on the board to make it 4-4. Washington lost rookie catcher Sandy Leon during the Pads' rally, after Chase Headley barreled into him at home plate leading to a sprained right ankle and trip to the DL.

Ian Desmond put the Nats back in front in the sixth, doubling home Rick Ankiel and Jesus Flores. The Nats would then add some insurance for Henry Rodriguez in the 8th inning. Pinch hitter Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady both took Luke Gregorson pitches into the right field bleachers. Tracy turned on one to hit a high shot into the first row, while Nady went the other way to make it 8-5.

The insurance came in handy, as Davey Johnson was forced to pull Rodriguez after he loaded the bases for the second straight game. He gave up a walk-off grand slam to Joey Votto on Sunday, and Johnson yanked him on Monday after three walks. Sean Burnett came on and quickly induced a game-ending double play back to the mound to save the 8-5 win.

Stephen Strasburg will make his first career start against his hometown team in a Tuesday matinee at 1:00 p.m. ET. Anthony Bass will take the mound for the Padres.

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Sandy Leon Injury: Nationals' Catcher Has Sprained Right Ankle

Washington Nationals' rookie catcher Sandy Leon has a sprained right ankle. Leon's ankle was injured in a home plate collision with the Padres' Chase Headley on Monday night. His right leg bent back under his body, with his knee and ankle twisting violently. He could not put any weight on the right leg and had to be helped to the clubhouse. After the Nats initially announced a sprained left ankle, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports the team has confirmed a sprained right ankle, via @MarkZuckerman:

Leon was injured in the collision in the top of the fourth inning, just over an hour into his major league debut. He was called up from AA Harrisburg to take the spot of catcher Wilson Ramos, who was lost for the year when he tore his ACL on Saturday night against the Reds. Jesus Flores replaced Leon behind the dish.

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Washington Catcher Sandy Leon Leaves Game With Right Leg Injury

Washington Nationals' catcher Sandy Leon left his first career major league game in the top of the fourth inning after sustaining a leg injury in a collision with San Diego's Chase Headley. Orlando Hudson took a Ross Detwiler pitch the other way to right center, where centerfielder Rick Ankiel cut it off. Ankiel, who was on the run, planted and hit the cut-off man Danny Espinosa at second base. The relay from Espinosa was low and short-hopped as Leon tried to corral it while blocking the plate.

Headley barreled into the catcher and his right leg got twisted underneath him as his body corked back across the batter's box. He got up and tried to walk it off but he immediately went down along the first base line. He had to be helped off to the locker room by Randy Knorr and Nationals trainer Mike McGowan. He could not put any weight on his right leg as he went to the clubhouse.

Leon was up filling the roster spot of Wilson Ramos, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL he sustained on Saturday in Cincinnati. He was called up from AA Harrisburg but was on the field just over an hour before being injured. Jesus Flores came on to replace the injured Leon, with Bryce Harper now serving as the emergency catcher.

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Bryce Harper Hits 1st Career Home Run In 3rd Inning Against Padres (VIDEO)

Washington Nationals' rookie Byrce Harper hit his first home run in the bottom of the third inning against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Harper took a Tyler Stauffer slider to straight away center field, ripping it into the green grass of the batter's eye section beyond the wall.

It was a solo homer that capped a three-run inning for Washington. Harper held back on the breaking ball, going inside-out to drive one. He set a brisk pace on his first trot around the bases. The crowd was sparse at Nationals Park, but they still requested a curtain call from superstar rookie. Harper obliged and went to the top of the dugout, acknowledging the fans.

The Nationals lead the series opener against the Padres 4-3 in the top of the fourth.

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Sandy Leon Makes His Major League Debut For Washington

The Washington Nationals start a two-game home series against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Catcher Sandy Leon will make his major league debut behind the plate, while batting eighth in the order. Leon was called up to replace Wilson Ramos who tore his ACL over the weekend.

Leon is a highly touted prospect who was playing at Double-A Harrisburg prior to Ramos' injury. He was named the best defensive catcher in the Carolina League for 2011. In 27 games prior to his cup of coffee, the 23-year-old Leon was hitting .319/.356/.457 with one home run and 12 RBI in Harrisburg.

The rest of the Nationals' lineup looks like this:

The game starts at 7:05 p.m. with TV coverage on MASN 2.

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Washington Returns Home To Begin Two-Game Series

The Washington Nationals open a two game series against the San Diego Padres. Ross Detwiler takes the hill for the Nationals against Tim Stauffer of the Padres, making his first start of the 2012 season.

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