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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/08/2012

The next two Nationals lineups and notes

Plenty of news and notes from the morning, including today’s lineup and tomorrow’s lineup:

-Adam LaRoche took another six at-bats in a minor league intrasquad game today. His sprained left ankle felt much better today than yesterday, even when turning around the bases. He hit a homer off left-handed prospect Robbie Ray and has liked getting to see plenty of pitchers. He feels ready to play in a game by Saturday. We’ll have his full thoughts in a coming blog post.

-Michael Morse will play in three or four minor league games, starting tomorrow, to fill up on at-bats before he returns from his lat strain to game action. “He’s feeling good,” Manager Davey Johnson said.

-Shortstop Andres Blanco, likely headed for Class AAA Syracuse, had a procedure to treat an ear infection and will miss the next couple days.

-For the Nationals’ split-squad games Saturday, John Lannan will travel to Lakeland while Chien-Ming Wang stays back in Viera, where Johnson and pitching coach Steve McCatty can keep an eye on him. Bryce Harper will travel to Lakeland, where he will face American League Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander. “I’m trying to build up his confidence,” Johnson cracked.

The Nationals have their lineups for the next two games. Here’s today’s lineup, which will be facing Livan Hernandez and the Astros:

1. Steve Lombardozzi, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Mark DeRosa, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, DH

6. Jason Michaels, LF

7. Bryce Harper, RF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Brett Carroll, CF

-Edwin Jackson, SP

And tomorrow’s lineup, for a 7:05 p.m. start in Jupiter against the Marlins:

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

3. Brett Carroll, RF

4. Tyler Moore, 1B

5. Anthony Rendon, 3B

6. Jesus Flores, C

7. Rick Ankiel, DH

8. Roger Bernadina, LF

9. Eury Perez, CF

-Stephen Strasburg, SP

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