New-look lineup has Lombardozzi playing third, Werth batting cleanup

In desperate search of some more offense, Davey Johnson has inserted Steve Lombardozzi into today’s Nationals lineup and moved Jayson Werth into the cleanup spot.

Lombardozzi, who is off to a really strong start to 2013, batting .345 in 29 at-bats, will play third base and hit second in the new-look Nats batting order. Werth will hit fourth, with Adam LaRoche moving down to fifth in the lineup.

Danny Espinosa, batting .155 on the season, remains in the lineup, batting seventh.

Rookie Anthony Rendon will get the night off after starting at third base in each of his first four big league games.

The Nats will look to snap their recent skid against the Reds, a team that took two of three from the Nats in Cincinnati earlier this month. The Reds, off to a 13-9 start to the season, will send right-hander Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.54 ERA) to the mound tonight.

Gio Gonzalez will look to bounce back from two straight rough starts. On the season, the 2012 National League Cy Young finalist is 1-1 with a 5.85 ERA.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
3B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

For the Reds
CF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
RF Jay Bruce
3B Todd Frazier
LF Chris Heisey
C Devin Mesoraco
RHP Bronson Arroyo

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