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What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on June 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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Craig is on vacation for two weeks, so it’s just you lovely people and yours truly. Please, stop throwing tomatoes. I promise I’ll try my hardest.

It’s a little early in the season still to play division watchdog, but the Nationals are on a seven-game losing streak and enter Sunday with a tenuous two-game lead over the Mets in the NL East. The Mets have been dealing, seemingly, with injury after injury, but they’ve picked up four games in the standings within the last week. The Nats dropped the final two games of a four-game set against the Padres, then got swept by the Dodgers, and will try this afternoon to stave off a sweep by the Brewers to cap off what has been an ugly road trip. The Mets get to play the lowly Braves, off of which the Mets have already taken two of three in their current series.

Bartolo Colon toes the rubber for the Mets against Braves right-hander Bud Norris, starting at 1:35 PM EDT at Turner Field.

Tanner Roark goes for the Nats against the Brew Crew’s Jimmy Nelson, starting at 2:10 PM EDT at Miller Park.

The rest of Sunday’s action...

Minnesota Twins (Tyler Duffey) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 1:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Fernandez), 1:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 1:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSclafani), 1:10 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly) @ Baltimore Orioles (Tyler Wilson), 1:35 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 2:10 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Doug Fister) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 2:15 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) @ Texas Rangers (Martin Perez), 3:05 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @ Los Angeles Angels (Hector Santiago), 3:35 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Aaron Nola) @ San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto), 4:05 PM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 4:10 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) @ Seattle Mariners (James Paxton), 4:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl), 8:08 PM EDT

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