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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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The start of a divisional homestand: today's lineups

The Nationals return home tonight for the first game in 16 days and chances are they could not be happier to be back within the confines of a park they're 28-18 in this season. A lost road trip behind them, the Nationals turn their sights to a homestand that includes exclusively divisional opponents and starts with the Florida Marlins

The personal side of the trade deadline

The trade deadline is looming, six days away now, and with each day that brings us closer to 4 p.m. on July 31, the rumors over which players will be members of which teams come 4:01 p.m. intensify. The fact of the matter is, there are more names bandied about now as potentially being involved in a trade than would ever, ever, ever happen by Sunday. And while it's all well and good for the interest it brings to the sport, the excitement fans get in daydreaming about their team adding the perfect piece here or there and marching their way to a World Series title, it's easy to forget we're talking about human beings and not baseball cards.

Flores looking to improve in new role with Nationals

Three different times Dodger hitters reached base Sunday afternoon -- twice via walks and once on a bunt single -- and all three times they promptly stole second base. With Jesus Flores making his fourth start behind the plate this season, the Dodgers wasted no time in testing out his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder and using good timing to jump early. Flores has now seen teams attempt to steal on him seven times since being recalled from Triple-A when Ivan Rodriguez went on the disabled list on July 7. They've been successful all seven times.

Chien-Ming Wang set to start Friday vs. New York Mets

For the first time since July 4, 2009, Chien-Ming Wang is listed as a probable pitcher for a major league team. Wang, who pitched five innings in his final rehab start this afternoon, is listed as the Nationals starter Friday, July 29 against the New York Mets. The start will culminate a long, arduous rehab process for the former 19-game winner for the New York Yankees.

Achilles still bothering Nix as he sits again

Laynce Nix was out of the Nationals starting lineup for the fourth time in the last five games Sunday morning as he continues to deal with soreness in his right Achilles that acts up without warning and on it's own timetable.

Nix sits again: today's lineups

The Nationals are wrapping up a 10-day, nine-game road trip this afternoon in Los Angeles with Jason Marquis on the mound against Chad Billingsley. But despite the fact that Billingsley is a right-hander, the Nationals will do so without Laynce Nix in the lineup.

One day after grand slam, Hairston leads off plays LF: today's lineups

Earlier this week, after watching on television as his brother Scott went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI for the New York Mets on Saturday, Nationals utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. shook his head when asked by a few reporters how it was that his brother didn't happen to make it into the Mets' starting lineup the following day. The Nationals' Hairston didn't suffer the same fate one night after he gave the Nationals some serious cushion with a ninth-inning grand slam in a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers.

Tom Gorzelanny will start Saturday

Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will make his scheduled start on Saturday, despite suffering a sprained ankle and leaving after just two innings in his previous outing in Atlanta on Sunday.

Pudge suffers setback with right oblique, headed to Miami

Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez's stay on the disabled list is going to be longer than originally anticipated after he suffered a setback in his recovery from a right oblique strain this week and is headed to his Miami home to work with a physical therapist for the Miami Heat.