The Washington Times - September 2, 2011, 03:33PM

The Nationals return home top open 10-game homestand that will feature the debut of left-hander Tom Milone, the return of Stephen Strasburg, the debut of Brad Peacock and the probable return of Ivan Rodriguez. And that’s only the stuff we already know for sure will happen. Needless to say, it figures to be an interesting stretch for Washington which will need a strong showing to keep their hope of a .500 or above record alive.

First, they’ll send Ross Detwiler to the mound to face Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but they’ll be sending out a lineup to face Dickey that does not include second baseman Danny Espinosa. This is just the fourth time all year that Espinosa’s name is not in the starting lineup — and the first time since Davey Johnson took over as manager. Epinosa has said on several occasions that he’d be up for and willing to play all 162 games but if he doesn’t play at all today, that dream will die.


Other lineup changes include Jayson Werth shifting back to right field with Laynce Nix’s groin ailing and Rick Ankiel getting the start in center. 

– The Nationals also made official what Roger Bernadina confirmed (albeit in Dutch) on his facebook page last night: he’s back with the major league team. Bernadina was recalled this afternoon from Triple-A Syracuse — after being pulled last night almost immediately after Nix went out with a strained groin.

In 71 games with the Nationals this year, Bernadina hit .247 with 16 extra-base hits, 16 stolen bases and 35 runs scored. In 46 games with the Syracuse Chiefs, Bernadina hit .250 with 14 extra-base hits, 14 stolen bases and 26 runs scored.

Here are the full lineups behind Detwiler and Dickey:


Ian Desmond SS
Rick Ankiel CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse LF
Jayson Werth RF
Chris Marrero 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Alex Cora 2B
Ross Detwiler P


Jose Reyes SS
Justin Turner 2B
Lucas Duda RF
David Wright 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Jason Bay LF
Nick Evans 1B
Mike Nickeas C
R.A. Dickey P