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Nova outstanding over seven shutout innings

One day after waging a nearly five-hour, 14-inning war of attrition, the Nationals and Yankees get to do it all again Sunday afternoon.

After Ian Desmond's eighth-inning home run tied Saturday's game at 3, the two teams found themselves playing quite a bit of extra baseball. Mark Teixeira's two-run double in the 14th was the eventual tiebreaker, capping a day that began with two quality starts from the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann and the Yankees' Andy Pettitte.

"We had our chances," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "We just couldn't seem to deliver."

Sunday, Edwin Jackson will take the mound for the Nats as they look to avoid a three-game sweep, something they've allowed to happen only once this season.

The Yankees counter with right-hander Ivan Nova, who will be looking to extend his personal winning streak to five straight starts and his club's streak to nine consecutive victories.

Both teams entered the series riding six-game winning streaks, and the Nationals especially were looking to capitalize on the energy the Yankees seem to bring to essentially every ballpark they travel to. Not surprisingly, both of the series' first two games were announced as sellouts at Nationals Park.

"You exhausted people [Saturday], and you exhausted your bullpen, in a sense," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll have guys for tomorrow, but there's a lot of exhausted players."

Yankees: Swisher has bone bruise; Martin might sit on Sunday
• Right fielder Nick Swisher sustained a bone bruise in his left quad on a slide into home plate during the sixth inning of Saturday's game. Girardi said the team would see how Swisher feels Sunday morning, but he expects him to be sore. Swisher was 2-for-2 with a run scored before exiting the game.

• Girardi also said the team will see how catcher Russell Martin feels before the game, considering he caught all 14 innings on Saturday. Martin went 0-for-6, dropping his batting average to .199.

"Russell the muscle? We'll see," Girardi said. "He told me he was playing tomorrow already, but I'll check with him tomorrow."

Nationals: Oblique soreness no issue for Desmond
Desmond's eighth-inning home run on Saturday was a positive sign for the Nats, as Johnson revealed prior to the game that the shortstop had been dealing with soreness in his left oblique. Before the lineups were announced, Johnson said Desmond could possibly miss the final two games of the series.

"It's not too bad, it's just like a knot in your back that happens to be in my side," Desmond said. "It's obviously manageable -- I played 14 innings. I feel pretty good about it."

Desmond also committed an error for the second straight night in the fourth inning. Eric Chavez hit a routine grounder to shortstop with two outs, but Desmond booted it, allowing a run to score.

Worth noting
Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper and right fielder Michael Morse each had four-game hitting streaks snapped Saturday. Harper especially struggled, going 0-for-7 with five strikeouts. Comments