The Washington Times - October 2, 2012, 05:06PM

The National League East was wrapped up Monday night, and Tuesday brought a day off for most of the Washington Nationals’ regulars. There’s still the little matter of trying to clinch the top seed in the NL, but Davey Johnson didn’t seem terribly concerned about that.

Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche are the only regulars in the lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies, as Game 161 looks like a post-clincher hangover. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny starts for the Nats and could go three or four innings, according to Johnson. Righty reliever B.J. Rosenberg starts a bullpen game for the Phillies.


“I’m rewarding the guys that have been grinding through a tough schedule. I wanted them to sit back, gather their thoughts and get back out tomorrow and go from there,” Johnson said. “Listen, I have all the confidence in the world in the guys I got out there. a lot of times I play those guys like they’re regulars.

It’s DeRosa’s first start at shortstop since Sept. 2, 2006. LaRoche is one RBI away from 100 for the season, which is likely the reason he’s starting.

Gio Gonzalez was previously slated to start, but Johnson said given the uncertainty over the NL Division Series starting Saturday or Sunday led to the Nats holding him back. He will be the Game 1 starter, followed by Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (calf) remains out for the Phillies.

Here are the lineups for the penultimate game of the regular season:

Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Tyler Moore LF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Chad Tracy 3B
Mark DeRosa SS
Roger Bernadina RF
Sandy Leon C
Tom Gorzelanny LHP
Kevin Frandsen 3B
John Mayberry Jr. CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ty Wigginton 1B
Darin Ruf LF
Domonic Brown RF
Erik Kratz C
Michael Martinez SS
B.J. Rosenberg RHP