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Preview: Cubs (44-60) at Nationals (56-47)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: May 12, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
  

After having their season-high win streak snapped, the Washington Nationals are hoping Bryce Harper can return to the lineup and Gio Gonzalez can end his recent pattern of inconsistent performances.

The left-hander will seek to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season in Sunday's series finale against the Chicago Cubs, who will try to help Scott Feldman earn his fourth victory in as many outings.

Harper sat out a second straight game Saturday as he continues to recover from surgery for an ingrown toenail, and Jayson Werth was placed on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 3, because of a strained right hamstring.

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Manager Davey Johnson said he had expected Harper to return to the lineup Saturday, but his toe was still ailing.

Without those two players, the Nationals (20-16) took Friday's series opener 7-3 but fell 8-2 the next day to end a five-game win streak. Anthony Rizzo, batting .448 with 14 RBIs in his last 15 games, had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Cubs (14-22) snapped a five-game skid in the series.

Gonzalez (3-2, 4.97 ERA) will try to help his team bounce back with his third win in four starts. He gave up two runs over six innings in a 6-2 victory in Pittsburgh last Sunday after allowing five over four frames in a loss in Atlanta on April 30.

"Gio did a great job of keeping us in that game after the tough start," Johnson said.

Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out nine in his most recent start against the Cubs, a 9-1 home win Sept. 5. He was 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in his previous two matchups, both in Chicago.

In this one, he'll throw opposite Feldman (3-3, 2.70), who is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three starts. The right-hander gave up two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings Monday in a 9-2 win over his former Texas teammates.

"That's really encouraging to see. That's three or four really good outings in a row, especially two very impressive outings in a row," manager Dale Sveum told the team's website. "He's got a feel for (his cutter) right now and it's impressive, especially to go along with his two-seamer."

In his first matchup with Washington, Feldman will try to earn wins in four straight starts for the second time in his career. He pulled off that feat Aug. 23-Sept. 9, 2009, while with the Rangers.

Only two Nationals hitters have had more than one at-bat against Feldman. Kurt Suzuki is 5 for 17 (.294) with two doubles, and Denard Span is 4 for 14 (.286).

Rizzo is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Gonzalez, while Starlin Castro and Julio Borbon are both 4 for 7.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Cubs at Nationals
Fri, May 10 Final 3 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Cubs at Nationals
Sat, May 11 Final 8 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Cubs at Nationals
Sun, May 12 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHC  +155   -150   7.5 
 WAS  -170   +130   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHC  +153   -150   7.5 
 WAS  -168   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHC  18%   5%   57% 
 WAS  82%   95%   43% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 8 Cover: +180 
 WAS 2 Over: 10 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 3 Over: 10 
 WAS 7 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, May 12
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cubs at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Padres at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Angels at White Sox
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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