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GameThread: Nationals (33-41) @ Orioles (22-52), 4:05 PM

It's a rare 4 p.m. game today, which threw me for a loop. I didn't even realize the game wasn't at 7 o'clock until I got a text from a friend asking if I'd be there.

If the Orioles win today, they will secure their first series win since taking two out of three from Seattle on May 11-13, and match their longest win streak of the year at three (they've done it twice). If that win comes with the decision going to Brad Bergesen, it will make him the winningest pitcher on the team despite the fact that he has lost his spot in the rotation twice and made two trips back to the minors this season.

Old Man Livan Hernandez will oppose Bergesen. At 35 years old, Hernandez is nine years older than Craig Stammen, the next oldest starter in the Nats rotation. He's also been their best starter apart from Stephen Strasburg. Two starts ago he got knocked around by the Tigers, but overall he's had a very steady year. Hernandez has really only had four above average seasons in his fourteen year career, but when they refer to innings eaters, he fits the bill. He has made at least 30 starts every year since 1998, and in those twelve seasons he has topped 200 innings nine times (and once he pitched 199.2). That's a hell of a resilient arm.

Let's Go O's! And for the love of God, keep Nyjer Morgan off the bases today, Bergy.


Washington Nationals Baltimore Orioles
Nyjer Morgan - CF Corey Patterson - LF
Cristian Guzman - DH Miguel Tejada - 3B
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B Nick Markakis - RF
Adam Dunn - 1B Luke Scott - DH
Josh Willingham - LF Adam Jones - CF
Ivan Rodriguez - C Matt Wieters - C
Roger Bernadina - RF Scott Moore - 1B
Adam Kennedy - 2B Julio Lugo - 2B
Ian Desmond - SS Cesar Izturis - SS