Today’s Nationals-Mets lineups


(Matt Slocum/AP)

Manager Davey Johnson will play hurt in his final game managing in New York. Johnson’s frequent back pain flared up this morning. The combination of pain and nostalgia did not steal from Johnson’s competitiveness. “It’ll make my day if we sweep them here,” Johnson said. “It’ll make my year.”

The Nationals are sticking with the same lineup as yesterday against veteran right-hander Aaron Harang, who last week was pitching for the Mariners’ Class AAA affiliate. The Mets are basically running out of pitchers, and with a doubleheader looming over the weekend they needed a spare arm. Harang fit the ball.

Ryan Zimmerman exited last night’s 3-0 Nationals win a few innings after a ball drilled him in the back as he stole second. Johnson said Zimmerman has a bone bruise, but that he’s fine. Tanner Roark goes for his sixth win in a little over a month.

Nationals

1. Denrard Span, CF

2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Bryce Harper, LF

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Anthony Rendon, 2B

9. Tanner Roark, SP

Mets

1. Eric Young Jr., LF

2. Juan Lagares, CF

3. Daniel Murphy, 2B

4. Lucas Duda, 1B

5. Josh Satin, 3B

6. Mike Baxter, RF

7. Anthony Recker, C

8. Ruben Tejada, SS

9. Aaron Harang, RHP

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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