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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Today's lineups: Nats go for sweep over Giants

The Washington Nationals are being plagued by unbearable heat lately. With temperatures on Saturday expected to soar well above 100 degrees, the 102 that is right now on Thursday afternoon will likely seem downright springlike. But for now, it's pretty darn hot.

Today's lineups: Moore at first, DeRosa in right

Good morning and Happy Independence Day to all as the Nationals and Giants are preparing for an 11:05 a.m. start time on this Fourth of July. It is believed that this is the first morning game in Nationals' history and with an 85-minute rain delay that pushed last night's game late there were more than a few sleepy faces in the Nationals' clubhouse this morning. (Or was that just the pressbox?)

With Jones named to NL All-Star team, Harper now second in Final Vote

When Major League Baseball released the latest tallies Tuesday afternoon, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was in third place in the Final Vote for the All-Star team, trailing St. Louis' David Freese and Atlanta's Chipper Jones. Jones won't have to rely on the fans to get him there any longer. Jones was named to the NL All-Star team Tuesday evening, replacing injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. That would appear to clear the way somewhat for Harper to earn the fans' vote to become one of the youngest All-Stars in MLB history. He'd have to leapfrog Freese, of course.

Tyler Clippard named MLB Delivery Man of the month

This time last year, Tyler Clippard was learning that he was an All-Star for the first time. On Monday, he earned an award of a different kind. After converting all 10 of his save opportunities in June, Clippard was named the Delivery Man of the month by Major League Baseball.

Today's lineups: Morse returns to cleanup

With Morse continuing to show he's returning to the form that made him one of the biggest home run threats in the majors last year, he'll likely begin hitting cleanup all the time, regardless of the opposing pitcher.

Detwiler: "I really wanted to finish that seventh inning."

It was a conversation not unlike the many Ian Desmond has with a pitcher throughout the course of a night. He can see the signs, the frustration building. That's his cue to go to the mound, calm his pitcher and remind him that getting out of whatever situation they're in is never as complex as it seems.