The Nationals will be without the services of shortstop Ian Desmond for one to three days after he left the team to be with his wife for the birth of the couple’s first child. Alex Cora will play shortstop and hit eighth.

Center fielder Rick Ankiel, meantime, is back in the lineup after sitting out last night but getting an at-bat as a pinch hitter.


1. Danny Espinosa, 2B

2. Rick Ankiel, CF

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Michael Morse, LF

7. Jerry Hairston, 3B

8. Alex Cora, SS

9. Jordan Zimmermann, P


1. Jose Reyes, SS

2. Daniel Murphy, 2B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. Jason Bay, LF

6. Ike Davis, 1B

7. Josh Thole, C

8. Jason Pridie, CF

9. Chris Young, P