Derek Lowe (10-10, 3.89) vs. Collin Balester (2-6, 4.99).
COMMENTS: The Dodgers: one game under .500, three games out of first place. The Nationals: 39 games under .500, worst record in the Major Leagues.
A sweep of the Nationals: necessary.
Lowe: Glad to see Maddux? Balester: how SoSG Sax probably refers to Christian Bale.