Against left-hander Joe Saunders, the Nationals are going with an atypical lineup. Jayson Werth returns after missing yesterday with a sore, swollen elbow, but Laynce Nix and Roger Bernadina are out, leaving Jerry Hairston to bat leadoff.


1. Jerry Hairston, 3B

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Danny Espinosa, 2B

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Rick Ankiel, CF

8. Brian Bixler, LF

9. Livan Hernanez, SP


1. Ryan Roberts, 3B

2. Kelly Johnson, 2B

3. Justin Upton, RF

4. Stephen Drew, SS

5. Chris Young, CF

6. Xavier Nady, 1B

7. Gerardo Parra, LF

8. Henry Blanco, C

9. Joe Saunders, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.