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Nationals' Sunday Afternoon Lineup vs The LA Dodgers

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Adam LaRoche is apparently feeling better, because he's back in the lineup this afternoon. Bryce Harper is in center field in the finale of the three-game set with the LA Dodgers. Scott Hairston is in left. Denard Span sits as the Nationals attempt to salvage one in D.C.


Bryce Harper's struggled to hit left-handers this season. Washington's 20-year-old outfielder had a .240/.300/.415 line against lefties last season, but so far in 2013, the Nationals' 2010 no.1 overall pick has posted a .179/.282/.313 line. Nats' CF Denard Span has posted a .275/.355/.369 against LHP in his career, but so far this season, the 29-year-old outfielder has a .140/.204/.160 line vs left-handed pitchers. Adam LaRoche had a .268/.319/.506 line vs southpaws in 2012, his first full season in D.C. after an injury-shortened 2011. In his career, the left-handed hitting 33-year-old first baseman has a .245/.300/.435 line against lefties. So far this season, LaRoche has a .184/.242/.322 line against LHP. Harper and LaRoche are in the Nats' lineup this afternoon against LA Dodgers' left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Span is sitting, so Harper's playing center in the series finale with Los Angeles.

Scott Hairston, who has a .188/.242/.482 line against lefties this year and a .268/.318/.498 career line against lefties, is penciled in as the Nationals' left fielder for the third game of three with the Dodgers in D.C.:

It doesn't get any easier for Washington today, as Los Angeles follows Ricky Nolasco and Zack Greinke with Clayton Kershaw. The Nationals were shut down by the Dodgers' 25-year-old left-hander earlier this season when the Nats were in LA in mid-May. Kershaw threw 8 2/3 scoreless innings in that outing, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out 11 in a 4-2 win.

The Nationals turn to Jordan Zimmermann in the third game of three in D.C., hoping their All-Star right-hander can help them salvage one game of this series. Zimmermann is, of course, unbeaten at home since last May 17th when he dropped a decision to the Pirates. Zimmermann's (9-0) with a 1.75 ERA at home in the nation's capital this season. The Nats need a strong start from the right-hander this afternoon, and they need a win after dropping the first two to LA.