Nats look to snap losing streak in L.A.

Nats look to snap losing streak in L.A.
April 29, 2012, 7:03 pm
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LOS ANGELES -- Lost amid all the hoopla of last night's game is a bit of a sobering fact: The Nationals are stuck in a three-game losing streak for the first time this season, facing something of a must-win situation in today's series finale at Dodger Staidum. No, a loss today isn't the end of the world. But it would make the overnight flight home a little more enjoyable and better set the stage for an important homestand this week against the Diamondbacks and Phillies.

With lefty Chris Capuano on the mound for Los Angeles, Davey Johnson is going with a right-handed-heavy lineup. He's got only two left-handed batters among his starting eight: Adam LaRoche and ... Bryce Harper. Yep, the kid will make his second start, and this time he'll be in center field.

Tyler Moore, meanwhile, has arrived at the stadium after flying in from Syracuse and will be available to make his big-league debut off the bench. Gio Gonzalez, who hasn't surrendered a run in any of his last three starts, gets the nod for the Nationals.

Plenty of updates and analysis to come live from Chavez Ravine, so please check my live game thread on Nats Insider all afternoon...

Where: Dodger Stadium
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 189
Weather: Sunny, 69 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Xavier Nady
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
C Jesus Flores
LHP Gio Gonzalez

DODGERS (15-6)
LF Tony Gwynn Jr.
2B Mark Ellis
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
3B Juan Uribe
1B James Loney
SS Justin Sellers
C Matt Treanor
LHP Chris Capuano

HP Ed Hickox, 1B Ed Rapuano (cc), 2B Angel Hernandez, 3B Mark Carlson