The Washington Times - May 15, 2011, 11:29AM

There’s a 70 percent chance of severe thunderstorms today, according to the forecast from But the tarp is off the field at Nationals Park and blue sky is peeking between the clouds. We’ll see if that holds on long enough to get a game in.

Despite significant improvement to his strained left quad, shortstop Ian Desmond gets his second straight day off.


Ivan Rodriguez also gets the start at catcher. He’s 13-for-29 in his career against Marlins starter Javier Vazquez.

Chris Coghlan CF
Emilio Donifacio 2B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Logan Morrison LF
Mike Stanton RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Brett Hayes C
Javier Vazquez P

Roger Bernadina CF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jayson Werth RF
Laynce Nix LF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Jerry Hairston 3B
Alex Cora 2B
Jason Marquis P