Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups


(Alex Brandon / AP)

Davey Johnson has never shied making the occasional bold, surprising lineup choice, and tonight qualifies. In his first game as a National, Scott Hairston will bat leadoff and play left field. Hairston has a .232 on-base percentage this year, but in his career he is 12 for 30 with five doubles and five home runs against Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

Denard Span, hitting .154 against left-handed pitchers this year, will get the night off. Bryce Harper make his first start of the season in center field. (Harper played four innings of one game in center in April.)

Nationals

1. Scott Hairston, LF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Bryce Harper, CF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Anthony Rendon, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Taylor Jordan, SP

Phillies

1. Ben Revere, CF

2.  Jimmy Rollins, SS

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Domonic Brown, LF

5. Michael Young, 3B

6. Delmon Young, RF

7. Darin Ruf, 1B

8. Carlos Ruiz, C

9. Cole Hamels, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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