Denard Span (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Denard Span (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Nationals open a three-game series against the Braves in Atlanta on Friday night. Right-hander Julio Teheran is starting and has a career 2.92 ERA in six starts versus the Nationals. Tanner Roark starts for Washington and hasn’t allowed a run in 13 career innings against Atlanta.

Manager Matt Williams is repeating a similar version of Thursday’s lineup. Denard Span is back after a day of rest at the leadoff spot. Bryce Harper is hitting sixth and Ian Desmond is hitting seventh again. The Nationals are fourth in the majors with a .779 team OPS.

The Braves will be without defensive whiz Andrelton Simmons, who jammed his wrist on Wednesday.




1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

6. Bryce Harper, LF

7. Ian Desmond, SS

8. Jose Lobaton, C

9. Tanner Roark, SP



1. Jason Heyward, RF

2. B.J. Upton, CF

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Chris Johnson, 3B

5. Justin Upton, LF

6. Dan Uggla, 2B

7. Evan Gattis, C

8. Ramiro Pena, SS

9. Julio Teheran, SP