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WSH@PHI: Livan hurls 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball

For Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt and Nationals righty Livan Hernandez, Friday will be a rematch against their last opponents.

Both performed well, so who's going to come way from Friday's game is definitely a good question.

Hernandez had the better outing of the two last time out. In that start, he allowed just one unearned run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He's pitched well against Philadephia this season and his in career. In four starts against the Phillies in 2011, Hernandez is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA. In his career the right-hander has a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts.

Hernandez definitely isn't the hard thrower he was when he first came up. But he still gets guys out, even though they know what the righty is trying to do.

"He [doesn't] shy away from contact," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Hernandez after his last start. "He's not out there to strike you out, he's out there to get you out and also to let you get yourself out. When he pitches [well] against us, that's what happens."

Oswalt also was victorious in his last start, beating the Nationals and allowing only three hits in seven innings. He's 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA in his career against the Nats, although Laynce Nix is hitting .478 (11-for-23) with three home runs against the righty.

Phillies: Howard held out Thursday
Ryan Howard didn't start Thursday because of a sore right hand he aggravated Wednesday during an at-bat. The hand injury doesn't appear to be serious.

• With Thursday's win, the Phillies are a season-high 38 games above .500, their best mark since the end of the 1977 season when they finished 40 over. Thursday's win also was the club's 80th win in 122 games this season, the second-fewest games to reach 80 wins in franchise history. The fewest was 121 in 1976.

Nationals: Strasburg to throw 'pen
Stephen Strasburg will throw a bullpen session Friday, manager Davey Johnson said. Strasburg is expected to throw 65 pitches or four innings. After throwing the bullpen session, Strasburg will start for Class A Hagerstown on Monday and then possibly start for Triple-A Syracuse in his next outing.

• Tyler Clippard has 32 holds, one shy of the club's single-season mark of 33 set by Jon Rauch in 2007.

Worth noting
• The Phillies are 14-3 since acquiring Hunter Pence, hitting .274 as a team in that span.

• Nationals starters have a 2.88 ERA in their last 17 games.

• Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has reached base safely in 24 straight games, going .396 with six doubles, three homers, 10 RBIs and eight walks in that span. Comments