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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Holiday Matinee Kicks Off Series In Miami

The Washington Nationals are riding a three-game winning streak into Miami on Monday. Can they continue their march through their division this week?

May 27, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
May 27, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Can the Washington Nationals continue their sweep through the National League East to start the week? Fresh off a three-game drubbing of the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals travel further down the Atlantic seaboard for a set with the Miami Marlins.

On the mound for Washington is Jordan Zimmermann with a road ERA of 1.38, best in the majors. The right-hander has two wins in his last three starts, including a one-run performance against Philadelphia in his last outing. Zimmermann has yet to face Miami this season. He is 0-2 in five starts with a 4.55 ERA since 2009 against the Marlins.

The Nationals will get their second look of the year at Marlins' starter Carlos Zambrano. Trying to rehab his career with the Marlins, Zambrano pitched well in his start against Washington. Allowing just one run and striking out six in seven innings, but was tabbed for the loss. He imploded against Colorado in his last start, allowing seven runs in five innings for his worst start of the season.

Bryce Harper is riding a seven-game hit streak. He homered in his last two games and had a .901 OPS. This will the rookie phenom's first game against the Marlins.

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