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Dusty Baker and the Nationals start a four-game set with the Reds tonight in Great American Ballpark...

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After failing to reach Dusty Baker’s monthly goal of 15 wins a month in June (14-14), the Washington Nationals won five of eight in July heading into the All-Star Break to finish the “first half” of the 2017 campaign 52-36.

A 4-2 homestand against the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves left the NL-East leading Nats 26-19 in the nation’s capital this season.

Tonight, they start a four-game series in Cincinnati with a 26-17 record on the road so far this season.

Baker talked to reporters before the Break about what he told his team to do so they could to stay in shape while they rested up over the last few days.

“I remember my trainer with the Dodgers, Bill Buhler, he told me it doesn’t take but a couple of days to start deconditioning,” Baker said, “so I urged them to do something.

“Swim, run, throw, do a little something. Stretch, mostly. Cause like I said, it doesn’t take, like I said, it doesn’t take long to decondition. You’d be surprised. But it’s more of a mental break and physical break in that order I think.”

The Nationals took two of three from the Reds in Nationals Park back on June 23-25, taking the first two before dropping the series finale in D.C.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals tonight in Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, trying to snap a three-start losing streak.

Gonzalez put a 2.37 ERA and a .167/.276/.303 line against over 19 IP in those losses, after putting up a 3.24 ERA and a .228/.300/.370 line against over the course of an eight-start unbeaten streak that stretched between May 14th and June 20th.