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Dodgers vs. Nationals: Slumping Carl Crawford sits

Crawford, who hasn't hit a ball safely to the outfield since June 1, sits in the second game of the series on Saturday in Washington D.C.

Both Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis are sitting on Saturday for the Dodgers.
Both Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis are sitting on Saturday for the Dodgers.
Christian Petersen

The Dodgers look for their second straight win over the Nationals on Sunday, but will do so without the struggling Carl Crawford. The left-handed left fielder is sitting against left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez for Washington.

Since returning from the disabled list Carl Crawford has two bunt singles and two walks in 32 plate appearances, including 0-for-4 on Friday night in his first start in six games after dealing with back pain.

Scott Van Slyke gets the start in left field for the Dodgers on Saturday night, batting seventh. Van Slyke has three home runs and three doubles in 44 plate appearances against southpaws this season, hitting .263/.341/.579.

Zack Greinke gets the call for the Dodgers after allowing no runs in each of his last two starts. Greinke's current streak of 16 scoreless innings is three shy of Clayton Kershaw's season-high streak for the Dodgers, which was set to open the campaign.

Greinke is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA against the Nationals in his career, including allowing one run in 5⅓ innings at Dodger Stadium on May 15. The first of Greinke's three career starts against them came in 2004, when his Royals opponent was the Expos in what was the fourth career start for the 20-year-old.

Former Twins center fielder Denard Span has the most career plate appearances against Greinke among Nationals with 31, and is hitting .321/.367/.429 against him. The only other National with more than six PA against Greinke is catcher Kurt Suzuki, 5-for-16 (.313) with a walk and a hit by pitch, but Wilson Ramos is starting for Washington for the second straight game behind the plate.

Greinke is going for a win in his sixth straight start on Saturday, looking to become the first Dodger to win six straight starts since Chad Billingsley in 2012.

More international flavor

In addition to confirming the reported signings of 16-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Alberto Estrella and 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Moises Perez, the Dodgers also announced the signing of 19-year-old Dominican Mevlyn Forbes, a right-handed-pitcher out of Santo Domingo.

Game info

Time: 4:05 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday