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Ryan Zimmerman will serve as the designated hitter for just the fifth time in his career as the Nationals face tough right-hander Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Friday night. Chad Tracy will play third base and Steve Lombardozzi will play second, replacing Anthony Rendon.

Manager Davey Johnson said he wanted to give Zimmerman a breather from playing the field and give Tracy the chance to play, hoping having him play defense will help get his mind solely off pinch-hitting. Johnson also wanted to give Rendon a day off and get switch-hitting Lombardozzi playing time against a right-handed batter.


Denard Span, CF

Roger Bernadina, LF

Ryan Zimmerman, DH

Adam LaRoche, 1B

Jayson Werth, RF

Ian Desmond, SS

Chad Tracy, 3B

Kurt Suzuki, C

Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

Gio Gonzalez, SP



Michael Bourn, CF

Jason Kipnis, 2B

Nick Swisher, 1B

Ryan Raburn, DH

Carlos Santana, C

Mark Reynolds, 3B

Michael Brantley, LF

Mike Aviles, SS

Drew Stubbs, RF

Justin Masterson,  SP