Lombardozzi at second, Ankiel in center, Solano behind the plate

Davey Johnson has made a few changes to his normal lineup for today’s series finale against the Braves.

Danny Espinosa will get the day off, with Steve Lombardozzi taking over at second base and hitting out of the leadoff spot.

Rick Ankiel starts in center field, moving Bryce Harper over to right and Michael Morse to left.

Jhonatan Solano will also get the nod behind the plate, giving Jesus Flores a breather after catching all nine innings in yesterday’s brutally hot weather.

The Nationals will face Atlanta’s Tim Hudson, who is 6-3 with a 3.58 ERA this season. Hudson, who has won three of his last four starts, is 14-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 24 career outings against the Nats.

Here’s the full Nationals lineup for today:

2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
CF Rick Ankiel
C Jhonatan Solano
P Gio Gonzalez

For the Braves:
CF Michael Bourn
LF Martin Prado
RF Jason Heyward
3B Chipper Jones
2B Dan Uggla
1B Freddie Freeman
SS Andrelton Simmons
C David Ross
P Tim Hudson

Shameless plug: I’ll be hopping on 106.7 The Fan at around 12:15 p.m. this afternoon to talk some Nats with Byron Kerr, who is hosting the show today. Tune in (if you have power, that is) to hear the MASNsports.com crew in action.

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