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After the Nationals swept three consecutive series, they can win a fourth straight today. As thrilling as the winning streak was, the Nationals know the key to the final five weeks will be stack wins together. They have control of the National League East, and that’s how they can keep it.

Today, they’ll face Ryan Vogelsong behind Stephen Strasburg, who in his last two starts has allowed one earned run in 15 innings. Jose Lobaton, who started both of those games and Strasburg’s start Aug. 3, when he threw seven scoreless innings. In 10 starts throwing to Lobaton this season, Strasburg has a 2.42 ERA.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Bryce Harper, LF

7. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

8. Jose Lobaton, C

9. Stephen Strasburg


1. Gregor Blanco, CF

2. Hunter Pence, RF

3. Buster Posey, C

4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

5. Michael Morse, LF

6. Joe Panik, 2B

7. Travis Ishikawa, 1B

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Ryan Vogelsong, SP