Wilson Ramos to return tomorrow; Nationals-Giants lineups


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Wilson Ramos remains out of the Nationals’ lineup today, but that will change tomorrow. Ramos’s strained left hamstring felt “much better” today, he said, and he believes he could have even played today.

“I’m still doing all my exercises and everything,” Ramos said. “It’s still there, but it’s nothing that’s going to make me be out. Today, it feels better than yesterday. That’s the good part. I’m going to be behind the plate tomorrow.”

Ramos left Tuesday night’s game after he felt his left hamstring tighten up as he tried to beat out a grounder to first. Ramos had twice landed on the disabled list earlier this season after he strained his hamstring more seriously while running hard on the bases.

“Right now, when I hit every groundball, I will be scared to run,” Ramos said. “But I’m going to do my best and see what happens.”

Ramos is hitting .290 with a .805 ERA, but his biggest contribution may be his work behind the plate, calling games and framing pitches. The Nationals’ pitching staff owns a 3.13 ERA when throwing to Ramos. When throwing to Suzuki, it’s 3.96.

Here are today’s lineups:

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Anthony Rendon, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Dan Haren, SP

Giants

1. Marco Scutaro, 2B

2. Brandon Crawford, SS

3. Brandon Belt, 1B

4. Buster Posey, C

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

7. Roger Kieschnick, LF

8. Gregor Blanco, CF

9. Ryan Vogelsong, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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Adam Kilgore · August 15, 2013