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Nationals Vs. Yankees: East Division Leaders Face Off

Two of the best teams in baseball square off in D.C. this weekend.

June 5, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) doubles in the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
June 5, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) doubles in the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Nationals welcome the New York Yankees to the nation's capital for a three-game seres between National League East and American League East leaders. The Yankees (37-25) have a half-game lead over the Orioles in their division, while the Nationals (38-23) are 4.5 games ahed of the second-place Mets.

Gio Gonzalez (8-2, 2.35 ERA) will take the mound for Washington, while Phil Hughes (6-5, 4.76 ERA) gets the start for New York. Gonzalez is 6-1 in his last seven starts, but he's 1-4 with a 7.27 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees. After a rough start to the yearTw, Phil Hughes is 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA in his last seven starts.

Both teams are on six-game winning streaks.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MASN.

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