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Game XXV Thread - The Nationals of Washington versus the Royals of Kansas City

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Gio Gonzalez dukes it out with Edinson Volquez.

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Owning the second-best record in baseball - half a game worse than the Chicago Cubs - the Montreal Expos Washington Nationals visit Kauffman Stadium tonight for the first of a three-game set between them and the reigning World Champion Kansas City Royals.

Facing the left-handed Gio Gonzalez, Ned Yost has opted to give Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson the night off. This will be Mike Moustakas's second day off in the season with the seldom used Christian Colon getting the start at third base today.

Here are the Nationals:

Those lamenting the fact that Alcides Escobar leads off every night can take solace in knowing that it could be worse. It could be Dusty Baker filling out the lineup card with Michael Taylor inexplicably penciled in first.

The Royals will look like this: