The Nationals use their rubber stamp lineup against Tim Lincecum.
Nate Schierholtz is headed to Washington from Syracuse, where he's likely to join the Nationals' bench.
Doug Fister revealed that he underwent an operation this week to remove cancer from the left side of his neck.
The Nationals cut short Lucas Giolito's season as planned after an outstanding first full professional year.
The veteran left-handed reliever has retired 18 of the 21 batters he has faced since he was picked up from New York.
The Nationals go for their 11th straight win behind Doug Fister against nemesis Tim Hudson.
Currently regaining timing at Syracuse, Nate Schierholtz could be a key figure for the Nats in September.
Ian Desmond is back in the lineup as the Nationals try for 11 straight victories.
So much has changed since the last time the Nationals won 10 straight games in 2005.
The left-hander entered the game with a 5.46 ERA over his previous six outings and fired seven scoreless on Thursday.