The Washington Times - April 23, 2011, 03:39PM

PITTSBURGH — It’s been beautiful all day here in Pittsburgh but apparently the rain is coming. As long as it holds off, though, the Nationals will have this lineup behind Livan Hernandez as he makes his 450th consecutive start.



Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Livan Hernandez P 

Andrew McCutchen CF
Jose Tabata LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Garrett Jones RF
Ryan Doumit C
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Jeff Karstens P

They’ll also be facing right-hander Jeff Karstens so, in case you missed it yesterday, here are the career numbers for the Nationals (the few who have faced him) against Karstens.

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: Never faced

Jayson Werth: 0-for-2, 1 K

Adam LaRoche: Never faced

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

Michael Morse: Never faced

Ian Desmond: 0-for-2

Alex Cora: 1-for-2 (.500)

Livan Hernandez: Never faced


Ivan Rodriguez: 2-for-6 (.333), 1 2B, 1 BB, .429 OBP, .500 SLG

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 1-for-6 (.167)

Matt Stairs: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 BB, .333 OBP, 1 K

Laynce Nix: 1-for-3 (.333), 1 K