Tonight’s Nats, Braves lineups

ATLANTA - Davey Johnson is going with the same lineup from 1-8 in the batting order tonight, leaving Steve Lombardozzi in the No. 2 spot, Roger Bernadina in the No. 6 spot and Danny Espinosa hitting seventh.

Lombardozzi will play left field for the second straight game while Bernadina will play right.

Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.90 ERA) starts tonight for the Nats. Gonzalez is coming off a rough start his last time out, when he allowed eight hits, four runs and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles.

Tim Hudson gets the start for the Braves, and he’s the one of the last guys the Nats want to see on the mound tonight.

Hudson has dominated the Nats over his career, going 16-5 with a 2.55 ERA over 28 starts. The veteran right-hander held the Nats to one run over seven innings in an April 13 start. Hudson notched the win in that game, and he also smacked a home run, which, you might recall, saw the ball go just over Bryce Harper’s glove in right field as Harper crashed into the wall.

Harper banged up his side that day, and he injured his knee in a second wall collision that happened a month later, on May 13, in Los Angeles.

The Nats will wear uniforms paying tribute to the Negro League’s Homestead Grays tonight as part of Atlanta’s Heritage Weekend.

For the Nationals
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
RF Roger Bernadina
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

For the Braves
SS Andrelton Simmons
RF Jason Heyward
LF Justin Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Evan Gattis
3B Chris Johnson
2B Dan Uggla
CF B.J. Upton
RHP Tim Hudson

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