Tonight’s Nationals-Braves lineups

(Al Behrman / AP)

(Al Behrman / AP)

Ryan Zimmerman had never been penciled into the No. 2 spot in the lineup before today, when Manager Davey Johnson pulled him aside and informed he would bat second tonight against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. “Don’t get mad at me because I’m hitting you 2,” Johnson said. Zimmerman wasn’t.

“I’m here to do whatever they want,” Zimmerman said.

Johnson also moved catcher Wilson Ramos up to sixth in the lineup and shifted Jayson Werth to third. Even against a right-hander, Denard Span is hitting seventh and Anthony Rendon will bat eighth for the first time.

“It’s just something,” Johnson said. “I don’t know. Sometimes, I like to try to change it up. Some of our guys have not been successful against left-handed pitching. I like to give distance between them. I also like the higher on-base percentage guys getting up earlier. So I was throwing things against the wall, and that one stuck.”

Moving Ramos up in the lineup was probably overdue. He’s hitting .293/.331/.512 with one homer every 17.6 at-bats this year.

Nationals

1. Bryce Harper, LF

2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Denard Span, CF

8. Anthony Rendon, 3B

9. Gio Gonzalez, SP

Braves

1. Jason Heyward, RF

2. Justin Upton, LF

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Brian McCann, C

5. Chris Johnson, 3B

6. Dan Uggla, 2B

7. B.J. Upton, CF

8. Andrelton Simmons, SS

9. Julio Teheran, SP

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