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The Nats host the Cubs (and their new manager) at Nationals Park.
The Cubs will be sending rookie right-hander Casey Coleman to the mound, squaring off against Livan Hernandez.
Ian Desmond gets a day off, so Alberto Gonzalez starts at shortstop. Willie Harris also starts in right field in place of the slumping Michael Morse.
Check back throughout the game for updates...
CUBS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of showers late, 79 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn
LF Roger Bernadina
C Ivan Rodriguez
RF Willie Harris
SS Alberto Gonzalez
P Livan Hernandez
2B Blake DeWitt
SS Starlin Castro
CF Marlon Byrd
3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Xavier Nady
RF Tyler Colvin
LF Alfonso Soriano
C Geovany Soto
P Casey Coleman
7:07 p.m. -- Livan Hernandez starts off Blake DeWitt with an 82 mph fastball for strike one.
7:11 p.m. -- 1-2-3 top of the first for Livo, who needed only 13 pitches to dispatch of the Cubs. He made rookie Starlin Castro look downright silly whiffing at a 62 mph "Bugs Bunny" curveball for his first strikeout of the night.
7:24 p.m. -- Great chance for the Nats to strike in the bottom of the first, with runners on first and second and one out. But Adam Dunn's slump continues in a big way. He whiffed for his 24th strikeout in his last 50 at-bats. Roger Bernadina then sent a deep fly ball to the warning track in center field that was caught to end the inning.
7:33 p.m. -- My full, updated Strasburg story with quotes is now up on CSNwashington.com.
8:08 p.m. -- Well, that kind of fell apart in the top of the third, didn't it? Livo, in succession, allowed the following: home run, single, hit-by-pitch, walk, hit-by-pitch, single, triple. By the time the carnage was complete, the big guy had staked the Cubs to a 5-0 lead. Miguel Batista was warming up for a possible early entry, though Jim Riggleman let Hernandez pitch through the inning. Still, he's at 83 pitches through three. Not good.
8:29 p.m. -- Livo's now at 104 pitches through four innings. And he'll probably come back out for the fifth. Not sure there's another pitcher in baseball who could say that. Meanwhile, the Nats have done nothing with Cubs rookie Casey Coleman so far. Coleman has kind of a funky delivery. Maybe that's throwing them off. Whatever the case, it's still 5-0, but the lead feels much larger than that.
8:46 p.m. -- And that'll do it for Livo, who is pulled after 4 1/3 innings and 121 pitches. It's currently 6-0 as Miguel Batista comes out of the pen, with the bases loaded and only one out.
8:58 p.m. -- Jason Marquis just pinch-hit for Miguel Batista in the fifth inning with the Nats trailing 7-0. Yeah, it's been that kind of game.
9:16 p.m. -- I'm sure there have been worse days in Nationals history (and I'm sure I was there for them) but putting Strasburg on the DL and now trailing the lifeless Cubs 8-0 in the sixth has to rank right up there with the worst of them.
9:29 p.m. -- Fantastic research just dug up by the Post's Adam Kilgore and the AP's Joseph White: Livo's 121 pitches tonight were the fourth-most ever thrown by a starter who went less than five innings. (At least since 1952, when pitch counts were first registered.)
9:50 p.m. -- How bad has this gotten? Well, it's the top of the eighth, and Jim Riggleman just made the following defensive changes: Michael Morse replaces Adam Dunn at first base, Willie Harris replaces Ryan Zimmerman at third base, Justin Maxwell takes over in right field, Drew Storen now pitching down eight runs. Yes, the closer is in for the top of the eighth with his team down 9-1, probably scheduled to pitch two innings because he's gotten so little work lately.
10:14 p.m. -- It's over. Nats lose 9-1. Livo falls to 8-9, his ERA up to 3.36.