The Washington Times - August 22, 2012, 04:54PM

The Washington Nationals were trying to keep their minds on winning this series against the second-place Atlanta Braves.

Check. Now they have Ross Detwiler on the mound against Atlanta’s Kris Medlen with a chance to break out the brooms and take an eight-game lead in the National League East.


This is Chipper Jones’ final regular-season game in the District, although he could be back in October, and he’ll bat fourth. All-Stars Michael Bourn and Dan Uggla won’t start for the Braves.

On the Nats’ side, Kurt Suzuki is back in the lineup and will hit eighth.

Here are the full lineups:


Jayson Werth RF

Bryce Harper CF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Michael Morse LF

Adam LaRoche 1B

Ian Desmond SS

Danny Espinosa 2B

Kurt Suzuki C

Ross Detwiler LHP


Martin Prado LF

Reed Johnson CF

Jason Heyward RF

Chipper Jones 3B

Freddie Freeman 1B

David Ross C

Tyler Pastoricky 2B

Paul Janish SS

Kris Medlen RHP