Posted April 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Washington Nationals' starting rotation is among the best in baseball, but not even the addition of phenom Bryce Harper has been able to spark their sputtering offense. Harper will make his home debut as the Nationals look to avoid a fifth consecutive loss Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Washington's starters lead the majors with a stellar 1.78 ERA while holding opponents to a .186 average. Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs and three hits in six innings Sunday, but didn't get any support in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers - the team's fourth straight defeat. The Nationals (14-8) rank near the bottom of the league in providing 3.23 runs per nine innings for their starting pitchers, and they've totaled six runs during their skid. The 19-year-old Harper has gone 1 for 3 in each of his first two major league games, driving in a run in Saturday's 4-3, 10-inning loss. "It's frustrating for our pitch...
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