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Mets Vs. Nationals: Ian Desmond Out Again As Nationals Go For Sweep

The Washington Nationals will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. For the fifth consecutive game, the Nationals will be without the services of Ian Desmond, who continues to struggle with a hurting oblique muscle.

The full lineup is below.

Thursday afternoon's starting pitching matchup is a dandy as Washington's Gio Gonzalez faces New York's R.A. Dickey. If either starter gets a decision, he would take over the National League lead in wins with 13.

The game is set to get underway at 12:35 and can be seen on MASN.

For all things Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the New York Mets perspective, head over to Amazin' Avenue. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.