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Dodgers vs. Nationals schedule, starting pitching matchups

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Stephen Dunn

LOS ANGELES -- The last time the Dodgers welcomed a first-place team to Dodger Stadium, they were swept by Milwaukee. They hope for better results with the National League East-leading Nationals in town for three games beginning Monday evening. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the series.

Monday, 5:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)

The Dodgers maneuvered the rotation such that Roberto Hernandez could face Washington, against whom he has two wins and one unearned run allowed in 15⅓ innings this season. Gio Gonzalez since his 22-inning soreless streak is 0-5 with a 4.38 ERA in his last nine starts, with 53 strikeouts and 21 walks in 49⅓ innings.

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)

Clayton Kershaw will try to become the first Dodgers pitcher to last at least eight innings in five straight starts since Odalis Perez in 2002. Doug Fister has two or fewer walks in all 20 starts this season, making this a matchup with limited free passes expected. Fister has 16 walks and 12 wins in 20 starts, while Kershaw has 23 walks and 16 wins in 22 starts.

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)

The earliest home start left on the schedule will be started by Carlos Frias in a spot start in the finale, making his first major league start. Jordan Zimmermann has seven straight quality starts, 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA during that span with 41 strikeouts and only five walks. He has a 1.90 ERA in seven daytime starts this season, with 46 strikeouts and six walks.