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Preview: Nationals (9-6) at Rockies (7-9)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Coors Field
Date: June 13, 2013 3:10 PM EDT
  

The Washington Nationals are about to get a boost from the expected return of two key members of their starting rotation.

Ross Detwiler will be the first to come off the disabled list and try to help the Nationals win their first road series in more than a month Thursday against the Colorado Rockies.

With Detwiler (2-4, 2.76 ERA) set to make his first start since straining a back muscle May 15 and star Stephen Strasburg expected back from a lat strain Sunday at Cleveland, Washington (32-32) has reason to feel optimistic.

"It's always tough, but in a long season like this, you kind of have to expect something to go wrong," Detwiler told the Nationals' official website. "We were fortunate enough last year, as a pitching staff, to be healthy all year, but our hitters weren't healthy all year.

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"Hopefully we get everything out of the way and in the second half we can just look forward and not have to worry about injuries."

Detwiler, who allowed one run in 3 2-3 innings during a rehab appearance with Class-A Potomac on Saturday, plans to wait to give a fair assessment of his recovery.

"I'll let you know after (Thursday's) game," the left-hander said. "Still a big step (Thursday), so we'll see."

Detwiler's two starts versus the Rockies were both losses at Coors Field, posting an 8.00 ERA.

He'll try to help the Nationals build on a 5-1 victory over Colorado (35-31) on Wednesday and win a series on the road for the first time since taking two of three at Pittsburgh from May 3-5. Ross Ohlendorf threw six strong innings in his Washington debut, and Ian Desmond had three RBIs as the Nationals notched their third win in 12 road games.

Desmond is batting .358 with 11 RBIs during a career-high 14-game hitting streak. He's hit .469 with 12 RBIs in his last eight games versus Colorado, and he's 3 for 8 with a double and a home run against scheduled Rockies starter Jeff Francis (2-4, 6.30).

The left-hander will try to bounce back after he allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in four innings of a 4-2 loss to San Diego on Saturday. It was his first outing since missing almost a month with a left groin strain.

"I don't think I was rusty," said Francis, whose spot in the Rockies rotation appears anything but stable.

"I think any day you think the same way, whether it is April or September."

He is 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts versus Washington.

Infielder Jonathan Herrera had two of the three hits Wednesday for the Rockies, who averaged 7.1 runs and 13.1 hits while winning five of the previous seven.

Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki went 0 for 4, but he still ranks third in the majors with a .347 batting average.

Teammate Michael Cuddyer is expected to play Thursday after missing five games with a ribcage strain. He's batting .395 with eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Rockies
Tue, Jun 11 Final 3 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Nationals at Rockies
Wed, Jun 12 Final 5 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Nationals at Rockies
Thu, Jun 13 Final 5 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  +127   -160   11 
 COL  -137   +140   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  +127   -155   11 
 COL  -137   +135   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  60%   2%   52% 
 COL  40%   98%   48% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 5 Cover: +170 
 COL 1 Under: 6 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jun 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 3 Push: 11 
 COL 8 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Jun 13
 
    Cardinals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Nationals at Rockies
3:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Athletics
3:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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