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Marlins take aim on first-place Nats

    WASHINGTON -- As hinted by Ozzie Guillen, Logan Morrison and Omar Infante aren't in the starting lineup for tonight's series opener against the Nationals. Austin Kearns will be in left for Miami while Donnie Murphy returns to second base in Infante's absence.

     The Marlins will be shooting for their first five-game winning streak since the end of July last season. Meanwhile, the Nationals (10-4) are off to their best start since moving from Montreal to D.C. in 2005. The last time a team from D.C. posted 10 wins in its first 14 games was 1951 when the A.L. Nationals jumped out to a 10-4 start.

      Tough pitching matchups for the Marlins in this series, as they'll see Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.42) tomorrow afternoon and Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 2.04) in the Sunday matinee.


      Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Stanton, rf; 5. Sanchez, 1b; 6. Kearns, lf; 7. Buck, c; 8. Murphy, 2b; 9. Zambrano, p.

      Nationals: 1. Desmond, ss; 2. Espinosa, 2b; 3. Zimmerman, 3b; 4. LaRoche, 1b; 5. Werth, rf; 6. Nady, lf; 7. Ankiel, cf; 8. Flores, c; 9. Detwiler, p.

      Umpires: HP -- Gerry Davis; 1B -- Greg Gibson; 2B -- Phil Cuzzi; 3B -- Vic Carapazza.