Nationals release Rick Ankiel (with lineups)

The Nationals have announced the unconditional release of outfielder Rick Ankiel.

The 33-year-old was designated for assignment last week. He cleared waivers, but was unclaimed, and now becomes a free agent.

The center fielder was batting .228/.282/.411 on the season for the Nats, with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

Meanwhile, the Nats are set to face the Brewers after taking the first game of the four-game set last night 8-2. Sandy Leon will be behind the plate, as Ross Detwiler looks to lead the team to win No. 60 on the season.

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 Sandy Leon
P Ross Detwiler

For the Brewers:
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Nyjer Morgan
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Corey Hart
2B Rickie Weeks
C Jonathan Lucroy
SS Cody Ransom
P Mike Fiers

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