Nationals - Braves lineups: Ian Desmond nursing sore hamstring

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There is a pretty good chance that Wilson Ramos’ MLB-high streak of consecutive games played will come to an end on Tuesday. There is little chance that Ramos, who has started 23 straight games behind the plate, will start both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

There is a chance, though.

“You know, this time, this situation we’re in, there’s no rest for the weary,” manager Davey Johnson said with a wry smile on Tuesday morning. “We’ve got to put our best foot out there. We’ll see how he comes out of the first game. He’s a horse.”

Ramos will start his 24th straight game in the 1:05 p.m. game against the Braves, but we’ll have to wait and see if Johnson will push him to the absolute limit by starting him in the nightcap.

One player who is perhaps even less likely to play in both ends of today’s doubleheader is Ian Desmond, who came out of Sunday’s game with a tight hamstring, though Johnson was unsure which hamstring it was that bothered his shortstop.

Desmond is in the lineup for the first game, but Johnson said he “may only be able to play one.”

“I’m more worried, at this point, about Desmond (than Ramos),” Johnson said. “I hope he’s going to be all right… I think it’s been something he’s been kind of nursing. Never tell it by the way he’s running but he’s been on base a lot. Hopefully he’ll be all right. I’ve known it’s been a little tender for the last few days so.”

If the Braves win both of Tuesday’s games, they will clinch the National League East title.

Here are the full lineups for the first game:

Nationals

Denard Span CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Ian Desmond SS
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Anthony Rendon 2B
Dan Haren P

Braves

Elliot Johnson 2B
Justin Upton RF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Evan Gattis LF
Brian McCann C
Chris Johnson 3B
Andrelton Simmons SS
B.J. Upton CF
Mike Minor P 

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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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