Aug 02, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) celebrates hitting a home run with right fielder Jayson Werth (28) during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Phillies Vs. Nationals: Jayson Werth Impressive In Return As Nationals Avoid Sweep

Ross Detwiler pitched seven scoreless innings while Adam LaRoche an Jayson Werth put together big nights at the plate in a sweep-avoiding 3-0 win for the Nationals.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals Recap: Jayson Werth Returns, Washington Avoids Sweep With 3-0 Win

The Washington Nationals avoided a sweep by the Phillies on Thursday night with a 3-0 win in the series finale. Ross Detwiler worked quickly and moved through the Philadelphia lineup for seven scoreless innings. The Phillies put together a rally in the top of the second, but Bryce Harper gunned down John Mayberry, Jr. at the plate to quickly put out the rally attempt. Detwiler completely settled in after that, giving up just three hits -- none of which came after the third inning. He threw only 88 pitches before handing it over to his bullpen.

Sean Burnett was the first out of the pen and came on to work a 1-2-3 inning. Tyler Clippard faced the heart of the order in the bottom of the ninth and closed the door for his 21st save of the season. Clippard walked the lead-off man, Chase Utley, but rebounded to finish things off with a strike out of Ryan Howard, who represented the tying run.

On offense, the Nats would strike early for three runs that would be enough with the pitching staff cruising. Jayson Werth had three productive at-bats in his first game since early May. Werth singled to left in his first at-bat and then grounded out to the right side to score Michael Morse from third. A hit and an RBI in his first two at-bats were followed with a walk in his final trip to the plate in the bottom of the eighth. It was a good return against his former team.

Along with Werth, it was Adam LaRoche who had a big night at the dish. LaRoche broke the scoreless tie when he led off the second inning with a solo bomb to right. He then knocked in the second run of the evening on a single that scored Ryan Zimmerman. The two-run third inning would end the scoring for the night as the Nats finished off the series with a W.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals: Jayson Werth Gets A Hit & RBI In 1st 2 At-Bats

Looking to avoid a three-game sweep by the Phillies, the Washington Nationals spotted their starter Ross Detwiler a 3-0 lead in the third inning on Thursday night. The evening marked the return of Jayson Werth who's hitting in the six-hole for Davey Johnson. Werth went out in the first week of May, breaking his wrist on a diving catch against these same Phillies. Werth immediately stepped into the box and got a single off Cole Hamels in his first at-bat. In his second trip to the plate, he picked up an RBI on a groundout to the right side that scored Michael Morse for the third run of the evening.

Aside from Werth, it was Adam LaRoche who did the early damage against Hamels. LaRoche led off the second inning with a solo homer to right to break the scoreless tie. One inning later, he singled back up the middle to score Ryan Zimmerman and put Morse on third for Werth's at-bat.

Detwiler has settled in with the lead. The Phillies put together a threat in the top of the second but John Mayberry, Jr. was thrown out at the plate by Bryce Harper. Since the Nats took the 3-0 lead, Detwiler has thrown two quick perfect innings.

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Jayson Werth Injury: Nationals Outfielder Finally Off DL

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has finally returned from a long injury layoff. He hasn't appeared in a game for the Nats since mid-May, when he suffered an injury to his left wrist. The team announced on Thursday that he had been activated from the 60-day disabled list, while Henry Rodriguez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Werth struggled to live up to his massive new contract in his first year with the Nationals in 2011 and was off to a slightly better start in 2012 before he got injured. The Nationals are coming off two straight losses against the Philadelphia Philles, and their offense has been non-existent in those two games. Werth's return will be very welcome as the Nats attempt to hold off the Atlanta Braves in the race for the NL East division title.

Here's a look at Washington's lineup for Thursday's series finale against Philadelphia. Contrary to the tweet, Werth is actually starting in center field.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals Preview: Washington Will Look To Avoid Series Sweep

Heading in to a three-game series against the last place Phillies, the Nationals had a half game lead over the hot Cincinnati Reds for the top spot in the National League. Yet despite winning eight of the nine games prior to the series, the Nationals have struggled against the Phillies with back to back losses.

Now they'll look to avoid getting swept by Philadelphia in the final game of the series on Thursday night. But to do so, they'll have to get past the best pitcher for the Phillies, Cole Hamels. Despite not earning a win in either of his last two start, Hamels's mark of 11 wins is tied for the eighth most in the NL.

Pitching for the Nationals will be Ross Detwiler who struggled in his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday when he allowed four earned runs and seven hits before getting pulled in the fifth.

The first pitch of Thursday's game at Nationals Park is scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 p.m. and will be televised on MLB Network, MASN and CSN-Philadelphia.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals Final Score: Washington Loses Again, 3-2

The Washington Nationals dropped their first game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies in an 8-0 blowout, but looked to even the series with first baseman Adam LaRoche back in the lineup on Wednesday evening. LaRoche back in seemed to help immediately as he helped the Nats jump out to an early lead with an RBI single in the first inning, sparking the Nats to a 1-0 lead which eventually turned into an early 2-0 lead.

The Nats bats went silent after that however, as the team struggled to plate runs the rest of the night as the Phillies wittled away at the 2-0 lead before eventually overtaking the Nats on a Nate Schierholtz solo home run in the fifth inning, following up Jimmy Rollins' second home run of the night to tie the game.

Jonathan Papelbon came in to close out the game for Philadelphia as the Nats drop two in a row to the Phillies, 3-2.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Lineup: Adam LaRoche Back At First Base

As the Washington Nationals get set to take on the Philadelphia Phillies once again, there are a few changes to the Nats lineup on Wednesday evening.

First baseman Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup after getting a day off on Tuesday while third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup. In place of Zimmerman at third base will be Chad Tracy, who's back in the lineup for the second day after missing the past month on a rehab assignment in AAA Syracuse.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Preview: Washington Hopes For A Rebound Against Philadelphia

The Washington Nationals dropped the first game of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, 8-0. This was after the Phillies had traded away outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. Not having third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and first baseman Adam LaRoche in the game yesterday didn't help things.

The Nationals hope to rebound on Wednesday night as pitcher Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52 ERA) will take the hill. In his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 26, Jackson pitched seven shut-out innings, scattering eight hits in the win.

The Nationals will go against Phillies pitcher Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88). In his last start, also against the Milwaukee Brewers, on July 25, he went five and one-thirds innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits and earned a no decision, as the Phillies won the game.

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Nationals Park. Television coverage will be provided by MASN. Radio coverage will be provided by 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.

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Phillies Vs. Nationals Recap: Cliff Lee Shuts Down Washington For 8-0 Philly Win

The Nationals dropped their series opener, 8-0, to the Phillies just hours after Ruben Amaro had a little fire sale for his struggling club. The Phils shipped off two-thirds of their outfield to the NL West on Tuesday, with Shane Victorino traded to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence dealt to the Giants. The Nationals, meanwhile, were sending their ace Stephen Strasburg to the mound to continue their red-hot second half.

But Strasburg was not sharp as the Phils roughed him up the second and third time through the order and chased him after just four innings of work. Strasburg gave up eight hits and six earned runs in one of his rougher outings of his short career. Kevin Frandsen started things by taking an offering from the fireballer over the centerfield wall for a two-run shot. Juan Pierre manufactured a run in the third when Jesus Flores misfired to third on a steal attempt, allowing Pierre to come home.

The Phils then blew things open with a three-run fourth inning. Cliff Lee managed to single home a run and was promptly knocked in on an inside-the-park homer by Jimmy Rollins. That would close the book on Strasburg, but Lee would continue cruising.

The Phillies starter was in vintage form on Tuesday, pounding the zone and striking out seven in seven scoreless innings. The Philadelphia bullpen would maintain the shutout and quickly clean up the final two innings for an 8-0 victory.

It was just the fifth Phillies win against the Nats in the last 18 games. Washington will try to even things up on Wednesday with Edwin Jackson on the mound.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Tuesday Starting Lineups

The Washington Nationals are set to begin a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday and it'll be without some familiar faces. For the Nats, both Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche are out of the lineup due to back spasms. For Philadelphia, which was swept by Atlanta over the weekend and is now in last place in the NL East, gone are outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, who were unloaded at the trade deadline earlier on Tuesday to the Giants and Dodgers respectively.

So it'll carry a little different feeling as Cliff Lee and Stephen Strasburg take the mound.

Here is tonight's lineup for the Nationals via the team's Twitter account.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST and will be televised by CSN and MASN2.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Preview: Stephen Strasburg Starts First Game Of 3-Game Series

The Washington Nationals open up a thee-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Can the Nationals win their 14th game against the Phillies in their last 18 meetings?

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