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Mets Vs. Nationals: As Trade Deadline Looms Nationals Set Sights On Rubber Match Win

All eyes and minds are on the Trade Deadline that expires at 4 P.M. Sunday and it has many teams and fans wondering, worrying, hoping and confused. But the Washington Nationals have a job to do and that is try and get a series win against the New York Mets in a Rubber Match game at Nationals Park.

Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.27 ERA) takes the mound against New York's Jon Niese (10-8, 3.97 ERA). Zimmermann has had a stellar season up to the last two starts where he has strangely struggled making some wonder if he is either regressing, injured or just had a run of bad luck. In his last start against the Florida Marlins Zimmermann gave up six runs in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-2 loss.

Outfielder Brian Bixler, recently recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, will take over center field and lead-off duties for the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

First pitch moves across the plate at 1:35 P.M.

Nationals Line-Up

1. Brian Bixler, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Jonny Gomes, LF

8. Jesus Flores, C

9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP