Today’s Nationals-Pirates lineups: Denard Span out, Danny Espinosa leading off


(Evan Vucci / AP)

Two days ago, Davey Johnson had just given Danny Espinosa a pair of days off to regroup after a slow start. Today, he’s hitting him lead off.

Espinosa will take the place of Denard Span, who hasn’t missed a game all year but fouled two balls off his right ankle last night. Roger Bernadina, 1 for 22 this year in limited playing time, will play center field and hit eighth behind Stephen Strasburg. Jayson Werth, as expected, remains out with a sore hamstring and Tyler Moore will play right against Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke.

Nationals
1. Danny Espinosa, 2b
2. Ian Desmond, ss
3. Bryce Harper, lf
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3b
5. Adam LaRoche, 1b
6. Tyler Moore, rf
7. Wilson Ramos, c
8. Roger Bernadina, cf
9. Stephen Strasburg, sp

Pirates
1. Starling Marte, lf
2. Travis Snider, rf
3. Andrew McCutchen, cf
4. Garrett Jones, 1b
5. Russell Martin, c
6. Pedro Alvarez, 3b
7. Jordy Mercer, 2b
8. Clint Barmes, ss
9. Jeff Locke, sp

Adam Kilgore covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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