Today’s Nationals-Pirates lineups

Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche (25) watches a single that scored Denard Span during the ninth inning of a baseball game, in front of Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Nationals are trying to snap a four-game losing streak, and on paper they have a favorable matchup. Doug Fister has been aces the last two times out, allowing three runs in 14 innings in a pair of victories. The Nationals get to take a shot at a left-handed starter, Francisco Liriano, and they’ve had their best offensive success against those pitchers this season.

With Adam LaRoche back in the lineup, Matt Williams put Tyler Moore in left field and Kevin Frandsen at second base.

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Tyler Moore, LF

7. Kevin Frandsen, 2B

8. Jose Lobaton, C

9. Doug Fister, SP

Pirates

1. Josh Harrison, RF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Ike Davis, 1B

5. Starling Marte, LF

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Jordy Mercer, SS

8. Chris Stewart, C

9. Francisco Liriano, SP

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