May 20, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Vs. Orioles: Stephen Strasburg Stellar Yet Again In 9-3 Win

Stephen Strasburg put in another stellar performance on the mound Sunday afternoon, while also getting it done at the plate, leading the Nationals to a 9-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

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Nationals Drop Two Of Three To Orioles

120,929 fans turned out for this weekend's Battle of the Beltway series between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles. This time, it meant something.

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Orioles Vs. Nationals Recap: Stephen Strasburg Does It All In 9-3 Win

Stephen Strasburg put in another stellar performance on the mound against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday afternoon, while also getting it done at the plate, leading the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 win Sunday afternoon.

Strasburg allowed just four hits and one earned run in five innings while fanning eight batters. After allowing an earned run in the first, he would not receive help from his defense early in the game, as an error led to two Orioles runs in the second to make the score 3-0.

The Nationals would then go on to score nine unanswered runs,fueled by a two-run triple by Bryce Harper in the bottom of the third. Harper would then score on a groundout to tie the game at 3-3. Back-to-back home runs by Jesus Flores and Strasburg broke the tie, and the Nationals would never look back. The home run for Strasburg was the first in his MLB career and drew a curtain call from the fans at Nationals Park.

Danny Espinosa added a two-run homer in the eighth to go with an Adam LaRoche sac fly to round out the scoring.

The Nationals return to action on Monday where they travel to Philadelphia for another series with the Phillies.

For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Orioles Vs. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg Hits First Career Home Run

Stephen Strasburg has terrorized opponents with his pitching, but on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, he was getting it done at the plate, connecting on his first career MLB home run.

The homer came in the fourth inning off of Wei-Yin Chen. The homer was the second in a back-to-back combo, as it came right after Jesus Flores took Chen deep.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles, Lineups: Davey Johnson To Try Danny Espinosa In Leadoff Spot On Sunday

A day after resting Danny Espinosa and batting rookie Steve Lombardozzi in the leadoff spot, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson will swap Espy for Lombo. Ian Desmond remains in the fifth spot on Sunday, and Bryce Harper will again bat second. Both Xavier Nady and Tyler Moore are getting the start on Sunday

Stephen Strasburg takes the hill for the Nationals looking to stop the streaking O's. Baltimore has won the first two games of the series, and the Orioles have now won five games in a row, and nine straight on the road.

Today's Washington starting lineup, via Amanda Comak of the Washington Post:

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Hope To Salvage One Beltway Series Win

The so-called Battle of the Beltways this weekend at Nationals Park has been a tad one-sided, as the Baltimore Orioles (27-14) have come to Washington and taken the first two games of the three-game set, with the third and final matchup scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday. Baltimore has no won five straight games, including nine straight victories on the road.

The Nationals (23-17) hope Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 2.25 ERA) can shut down Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. The young righthander is among the National League leaders in ERA and strikeouts, though he is coming off his roughest outing of the year, allowing four runs in four innings to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in a 6-1 loss.

Baltimore will run pleasant surprise Wei-Yin Chen (4-0, 2.45) out to the mound on Sunday. The 26-year-old rookie from Taiwan has allowed two runs or less in six of his seven starts this season.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Washington Trails Early, Falls To Baltimore 6-5

They made it close. Trailing by six runs midway through the fifth inning, the Washington Nationals (23-17) had a lot of ground to catch up and they nearly did, before falling 6-5 to the Baltimore Orioles (27-14) in the second game of the weekend's Beltway Series on Saturday night at Nationals Park.

Washington did most of its work in the bottom of the sixth inning off Baltimore starter Jasom Hammel and reliever Luis Ayala, scoring three runs. And then, trailing 6-4, the Nats made it even closer in the ninth after Ryan Zimmerman, who had hit a double and a single earlier, launched a solo home run to deep left field, cutting the Baltimore lead to just one. Yet, facing Adam LaRoche in the next at bat, Orioles' closer Jim Johnson struck out the left-handed hitterto record the save and end the game.

The Nationals' starter Ross Detwiler, who was charged with the loss, struggled over the course of five innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs. It marked his third loss on the season.

Sunday's series finale is slated for 1:35 p.m. EST.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Baltimore Leads 6-4 After Six Innings

The Baltimore Orioles jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler. Since, not too much has changed. Through six innings, the Orioles boast a 6-4 advantage.

Leading 4-0, Nick Markakis broke the game even more open in the top of the fifth inning with a two-run home run to deep right field, giving Baltimore a 6-0 lead at the time.

Since, though, the Nats have staged a bit of a comeback, with Steve Lombardozzi singling in the fifth to score Roger Bernadina and tack one run on the scoreboard. Then, in the sixth, Washington grabbed six more, as Rick Ankiel started it off with a double in the top of the fifth inning, scoring Ryan Zimmerman. Two more singles would score Adam LaRoche and Ankiel.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Baltimore Grabs Early 4-0 Edge After Three Innings

One night after a 2-1 loss in the first game of the series against the Baltimore Orioles, Ross Detwiler took the mound for the Washington Nationals, as they looked to even the weekend set. After three innings at Nationals Park, those hopes don't appear as if they're about to materialize, as the Orioles lead 4-0. Meanwhile, Detwiler has given up six hits, one walk and four earned runs.

Baltimore grabbed two runs in the second before a two-run homer from Adam Jones in the top of the third inning gave it a four-run cushion.

Washington is currently amid a two-game losing streak.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Orioles Vs. Nationals Lineups: Steve Lombardozzi To Play Second Base, Leadoff For Washington

The so-called Battle of the Beltways continues on Saturday when the Washington Nationals again play host to the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Baltimore took the first game of the series 2-1 in extra innings on Friday night, with Washington's bats once again failing to generate any offense.

Manager Davey Johnson is mixing things up for Saturday's game, benching Danny Espinosa and playing rookie Steve Lombardozzi at second base. Lombardozzi will leadoff, dropping Ian Desmond to the fifth spot in the lineup. Carlos Maldonado will also be in the lineup, getting his first start behind the plate.

Today's starting lineups for both clubs, courtesy of Mark Zuckerman from Nats Insider:

NATIONALS (23-16)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
CF Rick Ankiel
C Carlos Maldonado
LF Roger Bernadina
LHP Ross Detwiler

ORIOLES (26-14)
2B Robert Andino
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
1B Wilson Betemit
3B Steve Tolleson
LF Xavier Avery
RHP Jason Hammel

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Orioles Vs. Nationals: Lefty Ross Detwiler Looks To Stop Red-Hot Baltimore

The Washington Nationals (23-16) play host to the Baltimore Orioles (26-14) again on Saturday, looking to stop the suddenly resurgent Baltimore franchise. The AL East-leading Orioles 2-1 win over the Nationals in extra innings on Friday night was Baltimore's fourth win in a row, and eight straight win on the road. The Baltimore bullpen threw four scoreless innings in the win, dropping their collective ERA to 2.07, best in the bigs.

Lefty Ross Detwiler (3-2, 2.75 ERA) will take the mound for Washington on Saturday at Nats Park. Detwiler is coming off his worst start of the season, as he surrendered four earned runs and seven hits in five innings to the San Diego Padres on Monday. In his career, Detwiler is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA against the Orioles.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Orioles Vs. Nationals Recap: Edwin Jackson Sharp But Baltimore Wins It In Extra Innings

The Washington Nationals dropped the opening game of interleague play of Friday night, losing to the Baltimore Orioles in 11 innings. Nats' starter Edwin Jackson had one of his best performances of the young season, with perhaps his best stuff of the year. His command was perfect and he had both his fastball and breaking ball working. He struck out eight in eight innings and allowed just one run on five hits. Adam Jones knocked in Xavier Avery on an infield single in the first inning. A Nick Markakis double moved Avery to third base, and that was the only hard-hit ball off Jackson.

But Jake Arrieta matched Jackson the entire evening, fanning nine Nats through seven innings. He gave up a solo homer to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the 6th which evened it up. Both bullpens would hold the line there, sending it into extra innings.

The Orioles broke the 1-1 tie on a Markakis bomb to right field. It was the Baltimore slugger's seventh homer of the season, and he went down got a Ryan Mattheus breaking ball that stayed out over the plate. It was the first homer Matteus has given up in 18 appearances this season, but it was a no-doubter.

Ross Detwiler will try to get it back tomorrow against the O's in the second game of the weekend series. Baltimore will counter with Jason Hammel.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles Lineup: Washington Sticks With The Same Lineup As Edwin Jackson Starts Against Baltimore

The Washington Nationals open up their interleague series with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.They've made no changes in their lineup compared to the lineup used against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, according to Federal Baseball.

Right fielder Bryce Harper is staying in the No. 5 spot in the lineup, with Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche batting in front of him at No. 3 and No. 4.

Edwin Jackson starts for the Nationals on Friday night looking for his second win of the season.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation DC, so keep it locked to this StorySteam for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. You can also check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog, for some perspective from the other dugout. As always, check out the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page for more infer on this and all MLB series.

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Nationals Have A History Of Strange And Unusual Injuries

Nationals fans have seen some pretty rough and odd injuries before. The fact the 2012 Nationals have not packed it in already is a testament to their guts and heart.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Battle Of Beltways Kicks Off Interleague Play

The Orioles will travel about 45 miles down I-95 on Friday for a weekend series with the Nationals. In the short history of this series, it's never meant as much.

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