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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Desmond sits, Gorzelanny starts: today's lineups

As Ian Desmond continues to manage an issue with his left quad, he'll get the day of Sunday with the Nationals looking for their ninth straight victory. Desmond got last Sunday off as well, piggy backing on an off-day so he could get two days of rest and that's what the Nationals are doing here as well.

What a battle looks like for Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed two earned runs and got his team on its way to its eighth straight victory. He also fell behind often, pitched just two 1-2-3 innings and termed his own effort a "battle" where he didn't have his best stuff and "had a tough time throwing strikes with my fastball." If that's what a bad start for Zimmermann looks like, the Nationals will gladly bear with him.

Kimball throws pain free for second day

Cole Kimball was out in right field at Nationals Park early Saturday morning playing catch under the watchful eye of Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz, the second straight day the right-hander has throw pain free after resting a week with shoulder inflammation.

Looking for eight straight: today's lineups

With a chance to win eight games in a row, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has made very few tweaks to the lineup that has taken him this far. Jerry Hairston Jr. will again play left field with left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz on the mound for the Orioles and Ivan Rodriguez will catch after Wilson Ramos played in Friday night's game. Jayson Werth will again lead off and today's pitcher, Jordan Zimmermann, will hit eighth -- the sixth straight game the Nationals have used that formula. They've, obviously, won all six. Should the Nationals win today, it would be their longest winning streak since 2005 and would give them a 19-12 record inside the confines of Nationals Park this season -- compared to 16-24 on the road.

Nationals infield coordinator Jeff Garber talks about adjusting Ryan Zimmerman's throwing motion

As Ryan Zimmerman began his rehabilitation process and baseball activities a few weeks ago, hitting and running came back for him fine. Throwing, though, continued to cause soreness and stiffness in the area of his surgically repaired abdomen. Zimmerman enlisted the help of Nationals infield coordinator Jeff Garber and the two have been working to alter his throwing motion for several weeks now.

Going for six in a row, today's lineups

The Nationals have an opportunity tonight to win their sixth game in a row tonight for the first time since September 2009. They'll need to beat Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse, who tossed a complete game last time he faced the Nationals, thwarting a possible Nats series victory in St. Louis.

Bernadina bumped up, pitcher still eighth: today's lineup

Despite last night's offensive outburst, Jim Riggleman is still searching for a winning combination at the top of the Nationals' order. He's sticking with Jayson Werth in the leadoff spot for the fifth consecutive game and moving Roger Bernadina to the number two spot. Bernadina went 2-for-3 last night after Rick Ankiel left the game in the first inning with a strained intercostal muscle.