Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, September 5
LA Dodgers2Final
Game 2: Tuesday, September 6
LA Dodgers7Final
Game 3: Wednesday, September 7
LA DodgersPostponed
Game 3: Thursday, September 8
LA Dodgers7Final
Game 4: Thursday, September 8
LA DodgersPostponed

Dodgers 7

(70-72, 34-37 away)

Nationals 4

(65-76, 39-32 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 8, 2011

    Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 

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    LAD 202000003 7 11 0
    WSH 004000000 4 5 0

    W: M. MacDougal (3-1)

    L: D. Storen (6-3)

    S: J. Guerra (16)

    Dodgers-Nats rained out, doubleheader Thursday

    Dana Eveland of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington's Chien-Ming Wang have taken long roads to get back to the major leagues. Now, they're hoping to use the final weeks of the season to show they can be integral pieces to their respective clubs in 2012.

    Eveland and Wang are scheduled to square off in the opener of a doubleheader Thursday at Nationals Park after the previous night's game was washed out.

    Despite continued wet weather that flooded some area roads, Wednesday's rainout wasn't without a bit of controversy. The teams agreed early in the day on a postponement, but the league initially wanted them to try to play the game before it was officially called off in the late afternoon.

    "It was kind of a no-brainer as far as the Nationals were concerned," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "We didn't want to play on an unsafe field -- and we couldn't get here to begin with."

    More rain is possible Thursday, but the clubs will try to play a pair of games before the Dodgers (69-72) head back to the West Coast to visit San Francisco on Friday.

    Los Angeles improved to 4-2 on its 11-game road trip and 12-3 in its last 15 with Tuesday's 7-3 win, rallying after Stephen Strasburg threw five shutout innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.

    Andre Ethier drove in four runs with two hits, making him 10 for 25 with 11 RBIs in his last eight contests.

    Washington (65-75) stranded 11 runners and scored three runs or fewer for the 10th time during a 3-11 stretch.

    The Nationals hope for better luck against Eveland (1-0, 1.13 ERA) as he tries to build on a successful return to the big leagues.

    In his first outing since June 23, 2010, the left-hander limited Pittsburgh -- his former club -- to one run over eight innings of last Thursday's 6-4 win.

    "I've done it up here before; it's not the first time that I've won a game up here, so I didn't really have any nerves or anything," Eveland told the Dodgers' official website. "I just treated it like another day on the mound. It doesn't matter where I'm at, I'm gonna go out and do my thing."

    Now with his sixth team since breaking into the majors in 2005, Eveland was 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA this year with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    He will face Washington for the first time since June 2, 2006, when he lost his only career start against the Nationals while with Milwaukee.

    Looking for his first win in four starts, Wang (2-3, 4.19) will face Los Angeles for the first time. A two-time 19-game winner with the New York Yankees, Wang went more than two years between major league starts due to shoulder surgery before coming back July 29.

    The right-hander gave up four runs and seven hits, including two homers, in 5 2/3 innings of last Thursday's 5-2 loss to Atlanta. Wang has surrendered four homers while going 0-1 in his last three starts after giving up one in his first four outings.

    Washington's Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.83) is scheduled to face Chad Billingsley (10-10, 4.15) in the second game.

    Billingsley is searching for answers after posting a 5.09 ERA in his last three starts, yielding 22 hits and 10 walks in 17 2/3 innings. Perhaps facing Washington will help, as he's 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts versus the Nationals.

    Detwiler has lost five of his last six starts, although he had been pitching well until the last two. In defeats against Cincinnati and the Mets, he allowed 12 runs -- nine earned -- over nine innings, lasting just three Friday versus New York.

    Washington is hoping the day off will help second baseman Danny Espinosa, who is 0 for 8 with seven strikeouts in the series. Espinosa leads all rookies with 144 strikeouts.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesWashington
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 107-38-2

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesWashington
    C. Billingsley
    11-11, 4.21 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at SD
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    C. Wang
    4-3, 4.04 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at WSH
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesWashington
    1. D. Gordon, SS I. Desmond, SS
    2. J. Loney, 1B S. Lombardozzi, 2B
    3. M. Kemp, CF R. Zimmerman, 3B
    4. J. Rivera, 1B M. Morse, LF
    5. A. Miles, 3B J. Werth, CF
    6. J. Sands, RF R. Ankiel, RF
    7. R. Barajas, C C. Marrero, 1B
    8. J. Sellers, 2B W. Ramos, C
    9. C. Billingsley, P C. Wang, P