Anthony Rendon (Tony Dejak/AP)

The Nationals find themselves in the common position of trying to bounce back from a loss. They’ll turn to Gio Gonzalez in a fantastic matinee pitching match-up against Justin Verlander.

Ryan Zimmerman will get a day to rest as the DH. In six career games as a DH, Zimmerman is 2 for 25 with a walk. Denard Span returns to the top of the lineup — he’s 15 for 42 in his career against Verlander during their time facing each other in the AL Central. Anthony Rendon will play third base, with Steve Lombardozzi taking over at second.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Bryce Harper, LF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, DH

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Anthony Rendon, 3B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

– Gio Gonzalez, SP



– Justin Verlander, SP