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8/21- Nationals at Marlins - 7:05 pm


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Coming off a subpar series against the Braves, the Marlins will welcome the opportunity to face the Nationals.

Though they trail the Nationals in their season series (7-8), the Marlins have taken two of three in their past two meetings. Florida is hoping a chance to take on Washington again will get the club back on track after dropping two of three against Atlanta.

 

Taking the mound for the Marlins will be rookie right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has already faced the Nationals three times this season. In his last outing, Sanchez posted his second straight no-decision, throwing six shutout innings on three hits against the Dodgers.

 

Despite the solid outing, Sanchez has been unable to get a win since July 25. Since that point, he's gone 0-2 in four appearances.

 

Sanchez will face off against Billy Traber, who is making his first career start against the Marlins.

 

 

Pitching matchup

 

 

 

WAS: LHP Billy Traber (3-1, 5.49 ERA)

Traber has back-to-back wins since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans earlier this month.

 

 

 

FLA: RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.70 ERA)

Sanchez is 1-0 with two no-decisions in three appearances against the Nationals this season.

 

Player to watch

Alfonso Soriano's eight home runs this month are tied with the Phillies' Ryan Howard for the most in August in the National League.

 

On the Internet

MLB.TV

Gameday Audio

• Gameday

• Official game notes

 

On television

• FSN

 

On radio

• WQAM 560, WQBA 1140 (Espa?ol)

 

Credit: MLB.com

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Oh.....so Girardi actually thought Cabrera could steal a base? He's probably one of the slowest guys on the team.

 

Nothing to do with stealing a base. Willingham has arguably the best eye on the team and with a 3-2 count would only be swinging at anything close. Unfortunately Hammer took a very close pitch and left his teammates out to dry.

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