The Nationals have made a late lineup change. Roger Bernadina was scratched with left hamstring tightness, and Brian Bixler will take his place in left field and batting ninth.
Aside from hitting eighth for the first time in his career, John Lannan will try to continue his standout recent performance. In just four starts, Lannan has lowered his ERA from 5.03 to 3.79. While relying on an improved sinker, Lannan has allowed one earned run in his past three starts, a span of 20 innings.
The Nationals offense, with Jayson Werth at the top of the order, will face quick-pitchin’ Clayton Richard. As always, talk about the game right here.