First, one quick note on Thursday’s probable Braves starter for the Braves. In their official notes, the Nationals have been listing Derek Lowe as the guy for the series finale, and it would be his usual turn in the rotation. The Braves’ official web site lists Brandon Beachy. Neither is necessarily wrong yet. Just a few minutes, Lowe played long-toss in the Turner Field outfield to see how the blister on his foot is feeling. If he’s OK, he’ll pitch Thursday. If not, it’ll be Beachy.

As for the lineups, the Nationals begin a three-game series in Atlanta tonight with Jason Marquis on the mound against Tim Hudson. Michael Morse is out in favor of Laynce Nix.


1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Laynce Nix, LF

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Jerry Hairston, 3B

9. Jason Marquis, SP


1. Martin Prado, LF

2. Jason Heyward, RF

3. Chipper Jones, 3B

4. Brian McCann, C

5. Dan Uggla, 3B

6. Freddie Freeman, 1B

7. Nate McLouth, CF

8. Diory Hernandez, SS

9. Tim Hudson, SP