Dodgers Vs. Nationals Preview: L.A. Opens Road Trip In Washington D.C.

Aug 26, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Aaron Harang (44) reacts against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Dodgers begin an important nine-game road trip when they face the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to the nation's capital to open up an important three-game series with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The Dodgers are locked in a tight battle for the final playoff spot as they embark on a crucial nine-game road trip. L.A. trails the St. Louis Cardinals by one-game in the NL Wild Card standings.

Aaron Harang takes the mound for the Dodgers. He is 9-9 with a 3.79 ERA on the year. Harang struggled with command in his last start, walking four batters while giving up three guns in 5.2 innings. The 34-year-old righty has yet to make an appearance against the Nationals this season.

Washington counters with Jordan Zimmermann, who boasts a 3.01 ERA and a 10-8 record in 29 starts this season. Zimmermann ran up a high pitch count in his last outing, tossing 104 pitches in just five innings against the Mets. The Dodgers have not seen Zimmermann previously in 2012.

First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT at Nationals Park.

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