Today’s Nationals-Reds lineups: Rick Ankiel to get first action


He took early batting practice Friday at Nationals Park, after finishing minor league rehab assignments and, by Manager Davey Johnson’s account, looked good.

Saturday will be the true test against righthander Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.35 ERA). In batting practice before Saturday’s game, Ankiel seemed fine, too.


1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Xavier Nady, LF

7. Rick Ankiel, CF

8. Jesus Flores, C

9. Edwin Jackson, SP


1. Willie Harris, 2B

2. Zack Cozart, SS

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Miguel Cairo, 3B

6. Chris Heisey, LF

7. Drew Stubbs, CF

8. Devin Mesoraco, C

9. Homer Bailey, SP

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.


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