As the Nationals try to rebound from their bullpen-wringing, walk-off loss yesterday, Jason Marquis will make his first start of the second half. The Nats get their first crack at the Astros, whoat 31-64 have the worst record in the major leagues by a comfortabale margin. Against 20-year-old Jordan Lyles, they’ll go with their usual lineup.


1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Laynce Nix, LF

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. Jason Marquis, SP


1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Angel Sanchez, SS

3. Jeff Keppinger, 2B

4. Hunter Pence, RF

5. Carlos Lee, 1B

6. Jason Michaels, LF

7. Chris Johnson, 3B

8. Carlos Corporan, C

9. Jordan Lyles, SP