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Here's a look at fantasy nuggets for the Orioles' three-game series with the Nationals:

Orioles // Standing out: Aubrey Huff - The O's first baseman/designated hitter is 9-for-23 (.391) with five doubles and five RBIs in his last six games. Known as a slow starter, Huff hit .235 in April and .265 in May. He's batting .313 in June. Overall, Huff is at .259 with four homers and 29 RBIs.

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Player to watch: Jay Payton - He's 4-for-23 (.174) in his last six games. Payton hit .296 with Oakland last season and is batting .276 overall. Not considered a power threat (although he did hit 28 bombs with Colorado in 2003), Payton has one homer and 20 RBIs.

On the mound: Jeremy Guthrie - He had another stellar start Saturday against the Rockies, but as has been the case many times this year, Guthrie was not rewarded with a win. He went eight innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out six and walking one. Guthrie has a 1.75 ERA since joining the rotation and a 2.70 ERA overall. He's now gone seven innings or more in six straight starts.

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Nationals // Standing out: Cristian Guzman - Washington's shortstop went 8-for-14 (.571) in the Nationals' three-game series against his former club, the Minnesota Twins. Guzman was a major disappointment in 2005, hitting .219 after signing with the Nationals as a free agent. He missed last season with a shoulder injury, but is batting .346 this year.

Player to watch: Ryan Zimmerman - After a tremendous rookie season (.287, 20 HRs, 110 RBIs), Washington's third baseman has struggled at times this season. Zimmerman is 5-for-27 (.185) in his last six games and is batting .243 overall. He has nine homers, 35 RBIs and 35 runs.

On the mound: Chad Cordero - The Nationals' closer got off to a shaky start this season but has rebounded to get back to his usual form. Cordero has allowed one earned run in his last 14 appearances (14 innings). On the season, he has eight saves and a 2.76 ERA.

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