The Nationals are opening their six-game homestand against the Padres, one of three teams in the majors with a worse record than them. With left-hander Clayton Richard on the mound, Brian Bixler is in left field.

The Padres placed Orlando Hudson on the disabled list, and so old friend Alberto Gonzalez is starting at second base for San Diego.


1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Jerry Hairston, 3B

8. Brian Bixler, LF

9. John Lannan, SP


1. Chris Denorfia, RF

2. Jason Bartlett, SS

3. Ryan Ludwick, LF

4. Jorge Cantu, 1B

5. Cameron Maybin, CF

6. Chase Headley, 3B

7. Rob Johnson, C

8. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

9. Clayton Richard, SP