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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Nationals lineups: Danny Espinosa to play shortstop, Adam LaRoche to debut


(Julio Cortez - AP)
The Nationals have their lineups set for the next three games, tonight in Jupiter against the Marlins and two split-squad games Saturday, at home against the Mets and in Lakeland against the Tigers.

Bryce Harper is in none of those lineups, as expected following his scratch yesterday because of a tight left calf. Michael Morse remains out, which was also expected after he strained his right lat muscle Tuesday.

Adam LaRoche will play first base Saturday at home. That he will play first, and not serve as the designated hitter, shows the Nationals’ confidence in his surgically repaired.

Danny Espinosa will travel to Lakeland and play shortstop. Manager Davey Johnson had mentioned earlier this spring that Espinosa would see time at short, but only so he could reacquaint himself with the position in case Ian Desmond gets hurt this year. Espinosa played shortstop at Long Beach State and all the way up through the minors. (Also, Espinosa has a strong aversion to facing Mets starter R.A. Dickey, a knuckleballer who has a knack for throwing off his timing for days.)

Jayson Werth will play right Saturday at home, his first action not in center this spring, and Mark DeRosa will see his first time at second base in that game, too.

Here are all three lineups:

Tonight at Marlins (Wade LeBlanc)

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

3. Jason Micahels, LF

4. Tyler Moore, 1B

5. Anthony Rendon, 3B

6. Jesus Flores, C

7. Rick Ankiel, DH

8. Brett Carroll, RF

9. Roger Bernadina, CF

-Stephen Strasburg, SP

Tomorrow vs. Mets (R.A. Dickey)

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Mark DeRosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Rick Ankiel, CF

8. Jason Michaels, DH

9. Brett Carroll, LF

-Chien-Ming Wang, SP

Tomorrow at Tigers (Justin Verlander)

1. Roger Bernadina, LF

2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

3. Danny Espinosa, SS

4. Chad Tracy, 1B

5. Jesus Flores, DH

6. Mark Teahen, 3B

7. Corey Brown, RF

8. Johnatan Solano, C

9. Eury Perez, CF

-John Lannan, SP

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