The Washington Times - April 27, 2011, 12:09PM

The Nationals wake up this morning in an unenviable position. They’ve lost two games in a row and now have to try to avoid a three-game losing streak against a knuckleballer.

The good news for Washington is that the last time they faced Dickey, they ultimately came away with a victory. The Nationals scored three runs late against Dickey and the Mets bullpen in the Citi Field season opener a few weeks ago. Dickey’s given up nine earned runs in his two starts since.

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Here’s a look at how the Nationals have done in the past against Dickey:

Danny Espinosa: 0-for-4, 1 BB

Rick Ankiel: 4-for-10 (.400), 1 2B, .400 OBP, .500 SLG

Jayson Werth: 4-for-14 (.286), 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .375 OBP, .571 SLG, 4 K

Adam LaRoche: 2-for-6 (.333), 1 BB, .429 OBP

Michael Morse: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .333 OBP

Jerry Hairston Jr.: Never faced

Alex Cora: 0-for-1

Ivan Rodriguez: 4-for-13 (.308), 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .400 OBP, .385 SLG, 3 K

Tom Gorzelanny: Never faced

Others:

Matt Stairs: 5-for-11(.455), 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, .500 OBP, .909 SLG, 2 K

Roger Bernadina: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

Wilson Ramos: 2-for-2 (1.000), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Ian Desmond: 1-for-10 (.100), 1 BB, .182 OBP, 2 K

And a look at a few links from last night:

For Zimmerman, no news is the best news: On the disabled list since April 12 with a strained left abdominal, Ryan Zimmerman went through a brief workout. The third baseman played catch from 60 feet. He ran at half his normal speed. Nothing extraordinary happened. And that may be the best news of all for Zimmerman.

Slaten’s hanging slider proves costly as Nats fall 6-4 to Mets:Seven pitches flew from Doug Slaten’s left arm Tuesday night. One of them, a slider that hung a nanosecond too long, stayed in the mind of the Washington Nationals reliever. That pitch turned into the difference at Nationals Park, as the New York Mets pulled out a 6-4 victory.