After getting hit in the left hand by a pitch at the end of yesterday’s game, second baseman Danny Espinosa is in today’s lineup, an encouraging sign. Jayson Werth, after missing two games with a jammed right ankle, also returns. Jerry Hairston, who missed yesterday with back spasms, remain sidelined for at least the start of the game.

The Nationals are facing right-hander Aaron Harang. Also, highly regarded first base prospect Anthony Rizzo, who came to the Padres in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox, is making his major league debut tonight.


1. Rick Ankiel, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Laynce Nix, LF

5. Michael Morse, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Ivan Rodriguez, C

8. Alex Cora, 3B

9. Livan Hernandez, SP