Utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. is 38-for-123 (.308) with eight doubles, a triple, a homer and 10 RBIs in his last 41 games. He's appeared at four positions (third base, second base, left field, center field). In his career, he's played every defensive position except pitcher and catcher. The Nationals lead the Major Leagues by having won 10 games when scoring two runs or fewer. Reliever Tyler Clippard leads the Majors with 21 holds and is 12 shy of matching Jon Rauch's Nationals record of 33 set in 2007. Angels: Home-field advantage?
The Angels are 17-20 at home and have dropped seven of their last 10 games at Angel Stadium. Even with their 11-run outburst in Tuesday's victory over Washington, the Angels are scoring just 3.32 runs per home game. The Angels have won 16 consecutive games when scoring four or more runs, the longest the such streak by any team this season. The Angels are 35-7 when scoring four or more runs, second-best in the American League to Tampa Bay (36-7), according to STATS, LLC. Reliever Hisanori Takahashi has given up one earned run in his last 13 innings pitched, with two walks and 13 strikeouts, over a span of 10 games. He has lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 3.41. Worth noting
By having an 8-5 record against the AL, the Nationals have already clinched their first winning Interleague mark since going 12-6 in '05. The Angels' 25-man roster features eight players 25 years old or younger: Trevor Bell, Peter Bourjos, Bobby Cassevah, Tyler Chatwood, Hank Conger, Michael Kohn, Mark Trumbo and Jordan Walden. Eleven players on the 25-man roster have less than two years of Major League service time.