The Nationals will continue using what worked last week, putting Ian Desmond ninth and Roger Bernadina ninth against right-hander Doug Fister. Desmond returns after sitting out Sunday’s game and getting two straight days to rest his hurting left thigh.


1. Jayson Werth, RF

2. Bernadina, CF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Laynce Nix, LF

5. Michael Morse, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Livan Hernandez, SP

9. Ian Desmond, SS