Span, LaRoche out of Nats lineup vs. Lannan

PHILADELPHIA - Both Denard Span and Adam LaRoche are out of the Nationals lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Phillies.

Span fouled yet another ball off his right foot yesterday (something he’s done quite a bit over the last couple of months) and will get today off. So will LaRoche, who is mired in an 0-for-15 slump, with six strikeouts in his last four games.

With Phillies left-hander John Lannan getting the ball tonight, Nats manager Davey Johnson is sitting two left-handed hitters in favor of a right-handed-heavy lineup.

Jeff Kobernus gets the start in center and will lead off today, Chris Marrero gets the start at first base and is hitting sixth, and Steve Lombardozzi will play left field.

Lacking many hitters who are getting on base at a consistent clip right now, Johnson will keep Anthony Rendon in the No. 2 spot in the order.

Dan Haren gets the start for the Nats tonight, looking to improve upon his 5.70 ERA this season. Haren has wins against 29 franchises over his career, but he’s never beaten the Phillies, going 0-5 with a 5.79 ERA against them in five career starts.

For the Nats
CF Jeff Kobernus
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Chris Marrero
C Kurt Suzuki
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Dan Haren

For the Phillies
CF Ben Revere
3B Michael Young
SS Jimmy Rollins
1B Ryan Howard
LF Domonic Brown
RF Delmon Young
2B Kevin Frandsen
C Humberto Quintero
LHP John Lannan

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