Harper, Desmond out of Nats lineup

After a couple days out of town, I'm back in action.

Who missed me?

Thanks to the MASNsports.com crew for filling in for me recently. Looks like I missed a couple impressive pitching performances.

Anyway, enough about me and on to the stuff that matters. Bryce Harper is out of the Nationals lineup again today, missing his second straight contest with a bruised left knee. Ian Desmond will also sit out today, but his absence is merely due to a scheduled day off.

This will be the first game all season that Desmond has not started.

Danny Espinosa will slide over to play shortstop in Desmond's stead, and Steve Lombardozzi will get the start at second.

Tyler Moore will play left field today, and Roger Bernadina will man right field at Petco Park.

Dan Haren gets the ball for the Nats today, looking to continue his steak of solid performances. Haren has an even 3.00 ERA over his last four games, and he has three wins in that span.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner will go for the Padres today. Cashner has a 2.84 ERA this season and allowed only one earned run over his last two starts.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Tyler Moore
RF Roger Bernadina
SS Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Dan Haren

For the Padres
SS Everth Cabrera
CF Will Venable
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin
1B Yonder Alonso
2B Jedd Gyorko
RF Kyle Blanks
C Nick Hundley
RHP Andrew Cashner

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