Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

(J Pat Carter/AP Photo)

(J Pat Carter/AP Photo)

Every game for the Nationals is crucial from this point forward, especially after the Reds won last night to take three of four from the Cardinals. The Nats have to face Jose Fernandez as they open a three-game series in Miami. The Marlins have been a punching bag for the Nationals this year, but Fernandez may be the best pitcher this side of Clayton Kershaw.

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. Wilson Ramos, C
8. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
9. Dan Haren, SP

Marlins
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Donovan Solano, 2B
3. Christian Yelich, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
5. Logan Morrison, 1B
6. Placido Polanco, 3B
7. Adeiny Hechavarria,
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Jose Fernandez, SP

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