The Washington Times - August 29, 2012, 06:54PM

MIAMI — As much as a 77-51 team can need a win with a four-game lead in their division in the final week in August, the Nationals need a win tonight to avoid going 0-6 on this road trip and heading home with a different tone than they left with.

They’ll send Ross Detwiler to the hill in the hopes that he can play stopper and there’ll be a familiar lineup behind him.


The Nationals haven’t changed the lineup much from this one when they’re fully healthy, but bench coach Randy Knorr did shake things up a little today, writing only first names on the lineup card in the clubhouse — including the bench and bullpen players. A few players got a good chuckle out of that.

Here are the full lineups:


Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Ross Detwiler P


Gorkys Hernandez CF
Donovan Solano 2B
Jose Reyes SS
Carlos Lee 1B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Justin Ruggiano LF
John Buck C
Donnie Murphy 3B
Jacob Turner P