Friday, July 1, 2016

Roark aims to extend Nats' streak to 6 games

Two right-handed starting pitchers trending upward of late will meet when the Nationals and Reds continue their series Friday evening. Tanner Roark will start for Washington against Cincinnati's Anthony DeSclafani.
In his last four starts, Roark owns a 2.30 ERA and has averaged nearly seven innings per start. His shortest outing of the year came against the Reds in Cincinnati on June 5, when he was pulled after three innings as the Reds scored five runs on seven hits. Washington still emerged with a 10-9 victory.
DeSclafani pitched eight scoreless innings in his last start on Sunday vs. the Padres. He gave up five hits, no walks, one hit batsman and struck out five. It was the third time this season a Reds starter pitched at least seven innings in back-to-back starts. The 26-year-old has a 1.52 ERA in four starts since returning from a strained left oblique that he injured in March.
Things to know about this game
• Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and center fielder Ben Revere each were given a day off from the lineup on Thursday. Both are expected to play on Friday.
• Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, who was hit on the left side of his face by a fly ball on Wednesday, took concussion protocol tests on and off the field Thursday and was cleared just before the series opener. Hamilton never suffered a concussion and was diagnosed with a facial contusion, but he had sustained a head injury earlier in the month.
• Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is scheduled to continue his rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Harrisburg.

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