Desmond sits for second straight day

The Nationals will be without Ian Desmond for tonight's series finale against the Marlins.

Desmond also sat out yesterday's game against the Marlins because of a sore left oblique which tightened up on him. He had played every inning for 71 straight games prior to missing yesterday's contest.

With Desmond out of the lineup, the Nationals will again go with Danny Espinosa at shortstop and Steve Lombardozzi at second base.

They'll face veteran right-hander Carlos Zambrano tonight at Marlins Park. Zambrano has gone 4-7 with a 4.20 ERA this season.

The Nats will give the ball to Edwin Jackson, who ended the first half with a 5-4 record and a 3.73 ERA. Jackson was a tough-luck loser against the Marlins back on May 29th in Miami, allowing two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 in a 3-1 Nats loss.

For the Nationals
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Michael Morse
SS Danny Espinosa
CF Roger Bernadina
C Jesus Flores
P Edwin Jackson

For the Marlins
SS Jose Reyes
CF Emilio Bonifacio
1B Carlos Lee
LF Logan Morrison
3B Hanley Ramirez
RF Greg Dobbs
2B Omar Infante
C Brett Hayes
P Carlos Zambrano

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