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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Washington Begins 5-Game Road Trip With Philadelphia Stop

Washington's road trip will kick off in Philly, who will throw Kyle Kendrick after a pair of dominating starts.

Aug. 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson (33) during a game against Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE
Aug. 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson (33) during a game against Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

The Nationals look to win their seventh straight series and extend their NL lead with three games against the Phillies -- the last team to take a series from Washington, way back at the beginning of August.

The Phillies are no longer contenders for the playoffs, 19.5 games back of the Nats, while Washington is in pretty solid shape coming off a series against the Braves that extended their lead over Atlanta to 6.5 games.

Toeing the rubber for Washington is Edwin Jackson, who has pitched a pair of decent starts against the Phillies this year, but taken a pair of losses as his team fell 3-2 and 4-1. Meanwhile, the Phillies' starter, Kyle Kendrick, has been the model of inconsistency, alternating between brilliance -- he's had four 7-plus inning shutout performances on the year -- and mediocrity -- namely, a series of bad starts that saw the Phillies push the righty into the bullpen for most of July. Now, he's leaning towards the former, having pitched seven and eight innings of shutout ball in his last two outings, against the Marlins and Brewers, respectively, leaving the Nats to try to snap his streak of scoreless innings.


Current Series

3 game series vs Phillies @ Citizens Bank Park

Washington Nationals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Friday, Aug 24, 2012, 7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park

Edwin Jackson vs Kyle Kendrick

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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