Nationals: Long reliever Levale Speigner started Wednesday's game against the Braves because right-hander Shawn Hill was placed on the disabled list with left shoulder and right elbow problems. Speigner didn't do very well in his start, lasting just four innings while giving up four runs on eight hits.
Reds: Arroyo went the distance but came out a 3-2 loser at San Diego when he allowed a bases-loaded, no outs walk in the bottom of the ninth to Kevin Kouzmanoff to end the game. Two of the runs in the game against him were unearned. Arroyo 10 hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The right-hander threw 129 pitches in the game but said he had plenty left because he used mostly changeups.
Nationals: Chico pitched six solid innings and gave up three runs on five hits against the Braves on Thursday. It's the first time this season he has had three consecutive solid starts. Chico found himself behind the eight ball by the fourth inning, when Chipper Jones gave the Braves a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer. But Chico bounced back by retiring the next three hitters.
Reds: After 20 relief appearances in 2007, Saarloos will be making his first start of the season for Cincinnati in the vacant fifth starter's spot. The right-hander threw 25 pitches to hitters in live batting practice on Friday to start the preparation. Since he's not a hard thrower, Saarloos wasn't concerned about pitch counts or having enough endurance to deep in the game if needed.
Nationals: In his last outing, Simontacchi pitched six solid innings and gave up three runs on eight hits against the Orioles. He struck out six batters and walked one.
Reds: Lohse provided the Reds with the shortest outing of his career -- 1 1/3 innings -- during a 9-4 loss vs. the Indians on Friday. He gave up seven runs, five earned, and seven hits. The right-hander, who was given 4-1 lead in the top of the second, surrendered six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Two of the runs were unearned, but Ryan Garko's three-run homer did a lot of the damage. Lohse became the first Reds pitcher to lose five straight starts since John Smiley in 1997. No right-hander on the club had done it since Tim Pugh in 1993.
Nationals: Last Saturday, Bacsik, playing in his first big-league game since 2004, pitched six shutout innings and gave up five hits against the Orioles. The only time Baltimore had a runner in scoring position against him was in the second inning, when Payton had a one-out double.
Reds: Despite lacking solid stuff, Belisle pitched 5 2/3 innings for a 10-5 win over the Indians on Saturday. The right-hander allowed four earned runs and 10 hits, including two homers, with two walks and one strikeout. His command was off and several pitches were left out over the plate.