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Braves Vs. Nationals: Washington Clings To First Place As Atlanta Comes To Town

Stephen Strasburg takes the mound as the Nationals look to end a three-game skid with the Braves in town.

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

After sweeping the three-game series with the Atlanta Braves last weekend, the Washington Nationals will look to do the same starting tonight, as they hold on to the slimmest of leads atop the NL East. Stephen Strasburg (5-1, 2.64 ERA) will look to end Washington's three-game skid as he faces off against Mike Minor (2-4, 6.98 ERA).

The visiting Braves have won their last two games, but are only 2-8 in their last 10, putting them at 28-21 on the year. The Nationals have won six of their last 10, giving them a 29-11 overall mark, one-half game ahead of the second-place Miami Marlins.

Michael Morse, who led Washington in home runs and RBIs last year, could return to the lineup for the first time since suffering a strained lat during spring training.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MASN.

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