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RHP Stephen Strasburg, slated to start at home Friday against the Rockies, made his first start since May 31 on Sunday and allowed just one run and one hit at Cleveland. He is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA against Colorado.

OF Bryce Harper has made progress since going on the DL with left knee bursitis. "I think he is chomping at the bit" to play, manager Davey Johnson said. Harper ran in the outfield before Thursday's game. If his knee does not swell, Harper could begin rehab games next week.

1B Adam LaRoche struck out in his first at-bat but then had three hits in a row. His two-run triple in the fifth gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead. LaRoche is hitting .250.

RF Jayson Werth had a rough night Thursday against the Rockies. He struck out all four times, including three times against Roy Oswalt.

CF Denard Span had two hits and a walk and scored a run. Span had the only walk for the Nationals, who fanned 14 times. Span is hitting .256.

OF Roger Bernadina saw an eye doctor before Thursday's game, according to manager Davey Johnson. He got something in his eye before Wednesday's game at Philadelphia, according to Johnson. Bernadina came in to play left field late in the game but did not have an at-bat.

RHP Jordan Zimmermann improved to 10-3 as he allowed just one unearned run in eight innings. "He is impressive," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. Zimmermann has not lost at home since May 2012.

RHP Ryan Mattheus has been undergoing physical therapy to rehab his broken right hand but is still a few weeks away from throwing off the mound and facing live hitters in batting practice. "He has been (putting) his hand in rice buckets," manager Davey Johnson said. "His bone has healed. They will keep having him do that for a three or four more days before they even start letting him play catch. That will be a slow process."

C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) could soon be ready to participate in rehab games. Ramos has been on the disabled list since May 16 with a hamstring injury. He is catching bullpens, taking batting practice and running the bases, manager Davey Johnson said. "We are just being very cautious because he was injured a second time, so this time we are really holding him off," Johnson said. "He should be playing within the next 10 days."

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