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The Nationals open their series against the Braves with their usual lineup (this is sounding familiar, huh?) behind Ross Detwiler. Bryce Harper is scorching at the plate, 15 for 36 (.417) to start the season.

Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, a top pitching prospect, will face the Nationals for the first time. Evan Gattis, the Braves’ 26-year-old rookie catcher, is playing his first game in the majors at first. He played only seven games there in the minors. This is all because first baseman Freddie Freeman and catcher Brian McCann are out with injuries.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Jayson Werth, RF

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Ross Detwiler, SP



1. Andrelton Simmons, SS

2. Jason Heyward, RF

3. Justin Upton, LF

4. Evan Gattis, 1B

5. B.J. Upton, CF

6. Dan Uggla, 2B

7. Chris Johnson, 3B

8. Gerald Laird, C

9. Julio Teheran, SP