Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Roark clashes with Kazmir in first start vs. LA

Tanner Roark will make his first career start against the Dodgers on Tuesday night as Scott Kazmir tries to improve on his uneven season.
Roark saw the Dodgers twice when working out of the bullpen in 2015, allowing an earned run in three innings while striking out three. The right-hander has enjoyed an excellent season in the rotation so far, holding a 3.14 ERA while striking out 77 in 86 innings.
Kazmir hasn't gotten past the fifth inning in three June starts and has struggled trying to pitch deep into games. He had to leave his last start in Milwaukee early after throwing 93 pitches in just four innings.
The Dodgers have won four straight, while the Nationals will look to snap their three-game losing streak.
Three things to know about this game
• Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday after missing 18 days with a left hamstring strain. He was initially supposed to return Monday, but manager Dave Roberts said the team liked the matchups against then-scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg more. Strasburg, however, was scratched from the start with an upper back strain.
• Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is 5-for-11 with a homer, double and four walks against Kazmir in his career.
• Justin Turner enters Tuesday on an eight-game hit streak with five multi-hit games, five homers, and 11 RBIs in that stretch.

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