The Washington Times - June 10, 2012, 10:36AM

BOSTON — In the 37 games since Bryce Harper has been called up to the major leagues, he has played all but a half-inning. But Sunday afternoon, as the Nationals look for a series sweep against the Red Sox and lefty Jon Lester, he will not start.

Harper is out of the Nationals lineup for the first time, a move that comes just days after manager Davey Johnson mentioned the 19-year-old had been nursing a tender back. How much that came into play for the day off is questionable. Harper insists his back is no issue, no worse than any ailment any of the rest of his teammates deal with on a daily basis, and (as noted) he’s played all 37 games since his call-up. 


But Harper’s absence isn’t the only difference in the Nationals’ getaway day lineup. Xavier Nady will play right field and bat second, Roger Bernadina will play center field, Tyler Moore will play left and Danny Espinosa will hit leadoff.

Here are the full lineups as Jordan Zimmermann faces Lester:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Xavier Nady RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse DH
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Jesus Flores C
Roger Bernadina CF
—Jordan Zimmermann P

Red Sox

Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Scott Podsednik CF
Nick Punto SS
— Jon Lester P