The Washington Times - September 29, 2013, 01:22AM

PHOENIX — In the early afternoon on Saturday, Gio Gonzalez talked about the honor he’d get in starting the final game of manager Davey Johnson’s tenure with the Nationals. But late Saturday night, with his personal milestone of 300 games over .500 for his career record secure, Johnson decided he’d let his left-hander sail into the offseason.

Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Sunday, and he’ll have a mostly youthful lineup behind him as Johnson will give the majority of his starters the final day of the season off.


“I scratched Gio,” Johnson said after the Nationals’ 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. “It’s going to be Roark. And he’s probably real happy about that. (Gonzalez’s) probably real upset that he doesn’t get 200 innings and whatever, but he was sure grinning a lot.”

Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon are the only regulars in the lineup for the Nationals on Sunday, which was posted in the clubhouse Saturday night. 

Update: Jayson Werth was scratched. Scott Hairston replaced him.

Here is the full lineup:


Jeff Kobernus LF
Anthony Rendon 3B
Scott Hairston RF
Tyler Moore 1B
Zach Walters SS
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jhonatan Solano C
Eury Perez CF
Tanner Roark P


Willie Bloomquist SS
Adam Eaton LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Martin Prado 3B
Aaron Hill 2B
A.J. Pollock CF
Gerardo Parra RF
Tuffy Gosewich C
Wade Miley P