The Washington Times - April 25, 2011, 03:35PM

PITTSBURGH — This is going to sound shocking but there is rain in the forecast tonight in Pittsburgh.

As long as the weather permits, John Lannan will take the mound looking for his third win of the season with a never-before-seen lineup behind him. Ian Desmond gets the start in the No. 2 hole for the first time this season as Rick Ankiel gets his first day off of the year.


In Ankiel’s place, Jerry Hairston will start in center field and Brian Bixler will make his debut in a Nationals’ uniform at third base against the team that drafted, developed and debuted him. 

Desmond did very well hitting out of the No.2 spot last year and has a .321 career average there.

Here are the full lineups:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Wilson Ramos C
Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
Brian Bixler 3B
John Lannan P 


Andrew McCutchen CF
Jose Tabata LF
Matt Diaz RF
Neil Walker 2B
Steven Pearce 1B
Brandon Wood 3B
Chris Snyder C
Ronny Cedeno SS
Paul Maholm P