The Washington Times - May 14, 2011, 11:44AM

Greetings from Nationals Park, where there are plenty of clouds, but no rain so far.

Amanda Comak is taking a few hard-earned days off and I’m filling in.


As expected, shortstop Ian Desmond gets the day off to rest his strained left quad. He’s available to pinch-hit, if needed. Manager Jim Riggleman is optimistic about Desmond’s recovery after a night’s rest, saying that Desmond felt significantly better today.

Alex Cora gets the start in Desmond’s place.

Onto the lineups …

Chris Coghlan CF
Omar Infante 2B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Logan Morrison LF
Mike Stanton RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
John Buck C
Anibal Sanchez P

Roger Bernadina RF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jayson Werth RF
Laynce Nix LF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Jerry Hairston 3B
Alex Cora SS
Livan Hernandez P