(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

It’s an 8:40 p.m. EST first pitch for the teams with the best and worst records in the National League. With left-hander Franklin Morales on the mound, Manager Matt Williams shook up his lineup and took out Bryce Harper, who had been heating up with a new stance, going 5 for 10 with two walks, a homer and a double in the first series out of the break.

Williams like to play Danny Espinosa behind groundball machine Doug Fister to give the Nationals their best defensive infield, and Harper is the playing-time casualty. Ryan Zimmerman moved to left, Anthony Rendon is playing third and Espinosa is at second, with Denard Span staying in center.

Troy Tulowitzki is out of the Rockies’ lineup with a minor quad injury, which is a sizable advantage for the Nationals. And Justin Morneau just went on the disabled list, clearing the way for first baseman Ben Paulsen to make his major league debut.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman, LF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Danny Espinosa, 2B

9. Doug Fister, SP


1. Charlie Blackmon, CF

2. Josh Rutledge, SS

3. Chris Dickerson, LF

4. Carlos Gonzalez, RF

5. Nolan Arenado, 3B

6. Ben Paulsen, 1B

7. Wilin Rosario, C

8. DJ LeMahieu, 2B

9. Franklin Morales, SP