By tomorrow at 1:35 p.m., the Nationals will begin their third game in less than 24 hours.

With the Chicago Cubs traveling to the District on Monday to begin a four-game series, Johnson changed the lineup from Game 1 to give some rest to a couple of players, including Laynce Nix and Ivan Rodriguez. They’ll need it. The Nationals’ next break won’t come for another eight days.

Rick Ankiel, who hit a pinch hit home run in Game 1, will start at centerfield Johnson always thought Jayson Werth would be an ideal five-hole hitter. For the first time this season, Werth will bat fifth.


1. Roger Bernadina, LF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Rick Ankiel, CF

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. John Lannan, P