What's buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Dodgers-Nationals Preview

AP - Sports

The surging Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to take over sole possession of the NL West lead if they can record their first sweep in the nation's capital.

Having Clayton Kershaw on the mound appears to give them a good chance after his recent performance against the Washington Nationals, but the Dodgers ace will be opposed by NL wins co-leader Jordan Zimmermann on Sunday.

The Dodgers (49-47) moved to within a half-game of Arizona with a 3-1 win in 10 innings Saturday and the Diamondbacks' 4-3 defeat in San Francisco.

Mark Ellis hit a tying single in the seventh inning and Hanley Ramirez had a tiebreaking double to help send their team to its 19th victory in 24 games.

"We're winning all kinds of different ways as the momentum has started to go our way,'' manager Don Mattingly said. "We lost of lot of these early in the year, but now it seems like we're hanging in there, feeling like we're going to win these."

Kershaw (8-6, 1.98 ERA) will try to follow with his third victory in as many starts against Washington, losers of seven of nine. The Nationals (48-49) have scored 22 runs and gone 6 for 67 with runners in scoring position in that stretch, including 1 for 12 on Saturday.

Kershaw has allowed two runs over 16 2-3 innings in his past two matchups with Washington. He finished one out shy of a five-hitter in his lone one this season, a 2-0 victory May 14.

The major league ERA leader had a three-game win streak snapped in his final start before the break, giving up three runs over seven innings and striking out 10 in a 3-0 defeat to Colorado on July 12. Kershaw allowed a combined three runs in his three prior outings for a 1.08 ERA.

"It's frustrating because we want to give our boy the win," outfielder Skip Schumaker said. "More times than not our ace is a little bit better (than the opposing pitcher). It feels like we run into a good pitcher every time Kershaw throws."

That's certainly the case Sunday with Zimmermann (12-4, 2.58) set to take the ball. The right-hander, though, is on the verge of his first three-start stretch without a win this season after a 3-1 loss in Philadelphia on July 11.

After his first defeat in eight starts, Zimmermann skipped the All-Star game because of tightness in his neck.

"I rather be healthy than go out there and just pitch one inning and then have the whole second half shot," he told the team's official website. "I think taking a few days off, no throwing and rest, we'll be good to go."

The well-rested Zimmermann will try to earn his third win in as many matchups with the Dodgers (49-47). He's posted a 1.98 ERA in his past two and gave up two runs in 7 2-3 innings during his only one this season, a 6-2 victory in Los Angeles on May 13.

He'll try to prevent the Dodgers from taking sole possession of first place for the first time since Aug. 19.

Los Angeles' most recent road sweep of the Nationals franchise was May 24-26, 1996, when the team was the Montreal Expos.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (166)

Recommended for You

  • WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face

    WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face   Giancarlo Stanton showed his face Tuesday, and it looked a lot better than it did Thursday after an errant pitch struck him there. Even though the"before" photo is pretty disturbing, the "after" pic

    Big League Stew
    Miami1 - 0NY Mets
    Follow Game
  • Lexi Thompson's newest photo shoot will catch your attention

    Lexi Thompson first entered the public consciousness at 12 years old when she qualified for the U.S. Now at 19, Thompson has set LPGA records as their youngest champion (since eclipsed by Lydia Ko) and won a major championship. Thompson dons a bikini in what would probably be considered in golf…

    Devil Ball Golf
  • RG3 forced to turn religious T-shirt inside out, Christians get mad at gays.

    Robert Griffin III's T-shirt was a violation of NFL rules. It also told non-Christians that they have no peace in their lives. Robert Griffin III, the now-former Washington quarterback, was about to wear a Christian T-shirt at a post-game press conference until the NFL said...ummmm, no. RG3's shirt…

    SB Nation
  • View

    'Hawaii Five-0' Season 5 Premiere Screening (19 photos)

    'Hawaii Five-0' Season 5 Premiere ScreeningThousands of Oahu residents and visitors flocked Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki Saturday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Honolulu. They gathered in Waikiki to watch the season five premiere of "Hawaii Five-0." Grace Park

    Yahoo TV
  • WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (Sept. 15, 2014): John Cena gets it right

    WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (Sept. 15, 2014) from Lafayette, Louisiana featuring the go home show to the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in Nashville. John Cena bullied Paul Heyman around, going so far as to…

    SB Nation
  • Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

    Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday he made…

    Associated Press
  • Official on Colin Kaepernick penalty: 'He knows what he said'

    San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick tried to play off the inappropriate language penalty he received during "Sunday Night Football" by denying it altogether. "I didn't say anything," Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area. “He knows what he said,” side judge Laird Hayes told CSNBayArea.com on…

    Shutdown Corner
  • Jameis Winston allegedly shouted an obscene phrase in the FSU student union

    For nearly a year, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been exhaustive telling everyone who would listen — and that's a lot of us — that quarterback Jameis Winston is a really mature guy. The Heisman Trophy winner’s latest act of immaturity came Tuesday when he reportedly stood up on a table in…

    Dr. Saturday
  • Broncos fans' petition to ban Phil Simms gets 24,000 votes in 24 hours

    Broncos fans' petition to ban Phil Simms gets 24,000 votes in 24 hours Some have called it silly. Some have called it dumb. But over 29,000 fans have signed a petition to ban CBS color commentator Phil Simms from Denver Broncos games. Some have called

    SB Nation
    Sun, Sep 14
    Kansas City17 - 24Denver
    Game Recap
  • French Tennis Player Hits A Ridiculous Between-The-Legs Shot During Davis Cup Match

    Gael Monfils has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exciting players in tennis today and he unleashed yet another jaw-dropping shot during France's Davis Cup win over the Czech Republic. France had already clinched their semifinals match-up when Monfils took the court to face Lukas Rosol.

    Business Insider
  • Colts Coaches Cost the Team a Win

    The Colts coaching staff cost the Colts a win tonight. Chuck, you can talk all you want about how that's a game you just needed to win.  You can talk all you want about how your team needs to be better.  You can talk all you want about how your team didn't play a 60-minute ballgame.  You can talk…

    SB Nation
  • Mario Chalmers offers words of wisdom for LeBron James' new supporting cast

    It's not surprising to hear Mario Chalmers tell Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick, "We all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals," since the San Antonio Spurs undressed everyone not named LeBron James and Chris Bosh in their five-game dismantling of the Miami Heat this past June. Only…

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Arkansas State player pretends to die during bad fake punt attempt at Miami (GIF)

    In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Ahead of UFC Fight Night 52, Roy Nelson insists there is no 'greatest MMA heavyweight of all time'

    Ahead of UFC Fight Night 52, Roy Nelson insists there is no 'greatest MMA heavyweight of all time' For all intents and purposes, Fedor Emelianenko is widely-considered to be the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweight fighter of all time. Just ask this UFC champion.

    SB Nation
  • Jalen Rose says Chris Webber needs to apologize over Michigan bad blood

    There's a lot of bad blood between Chris Webber and the other members of the "Fab Five," his super-recruit college teammates at Michigan. There are several complicated elements, but it reached the point where Webber didn't even speak to Rose when he saw him during the NBA Finals, and Rose has…

    CBS Sports
  • Ray Rice drawing interest from NFL teams

    Recently waived Ravens running back has reportedly drawn interest from a few NFL teams Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole mentioned that a few NFL teams are keeping their eyes out for recently waived Ravens running back Ray Rice.  With Rice looking to appeal his indefinite suspension, he could…

    SB Nation
  • Mets caught trying to secretly change their logo

    Last night, while Mets fans were busy watching Jacob deGrom striking everybody out and the good guys dropping yet another seesaw affair against the Marlins, the Mets' media team were up to some sneaky business. Thanks to a few sharp-eyed logo experts and the power of Twitter, we have learned that…

    SB Nation