Dodgers @ Nationals July 4, 2021: It’s too early; Happy 4th

Does 8 a.m. feel too early for a baseball game? Yeah, same. But that’s what’s happening today as the Dodgers finish their 4-game set with the Nationals.

Yep. Oh, and happy Independence Day.

I will not be taking questions at this time.

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8:05 a.m. Washington D.C.
RF Betts 2B Harrison
1B Muncy RF Soto (L)
LF Beaty 3B Castro
CF Bellinger (L) 1B Bell
2B Taylor LF Hernandez
3B McKinstry SS Escobar
SS Lux CF Robles
C Barnes C Barrera
P Cleavinger (L) P Ross (R)

Garrett Cleavinger draws the start today against Joe Ross. Here’s what Dave Roberts had to say about the bullpen today.

Well, everyone except Brusdar Graterol.

It was reported yesterday Edwin Uceta would be up for today’s contest, and it make sense Graterol goes down. He’ll be back pretty soon, I’m sure.

He also had this to say about Albert Pujols and Justin Turner.

Old dudes need rest, especially when the previous game ended 12 or so hours ago.

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First pitch is in 30 minutes.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.