The Washington Times - April 24, 2011, 10:14AM

PITTSBURGH — One day after he committed two errors, shortstop Ian Desmond is not in the lineup for the second game of the Nationals three-game series with the Pirates. Alex Cora gets the start at shortstop.

Desmond could be missing from the lineup for a few reasons: 1. It’s a routine day off for the shortstop; 2. His wife, Chelsey, went into labor with the couple’s first child; 3. Manager Jim Riggleman wants to give him a break after a rough night in the field on Saturday.


We’ll soon find out. For now, here are today’s ineups:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Alex Cora SS 
Jason Marquis P 


Andrew McCutchen CF
Jose Tabata LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Garrett Jones RF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Chris Snyder C
Ronny Cedeno SS
Kevin Correia P 

The Nationals will be facing Pirates right-hander Correia. Here are their career numbers against him:

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: 0-for-3, 1 K

Jayson Werth: 2-for-5 (.400), 2 2B, 2 BB, .571 OBP, .800 SLG, 2 K

Adam LaRoche: 5-for-18 (.278), 4 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .381 OBP, .500 SLG, 5 K

Michael Morse: 0-for-1, 1 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-3, 1 K

Ivan Rodriguez: Never faced

Alex Cora: 3-for-13 (.231), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .286 OBP, 1 K

Jason Marquis: Never faced


Ian Desmond: Never faced

Laynce Nix: 2-for-4 (.500), 2 2B, 2 BB, .667 OBP, 1.000 SLG, 1 K

Matt Stairs: 0-for-1