LaRoche out of Nats lineup again

Davey Johnson said last night that if Adam LaRoche was healthy enough to return to the Nationals’ lineup, he’d bat Bryce Harper in the leadoff spot tonight and move Denard Span down in the order.

Well, LaRoche is out of the Nats lineup yet again due to a bout with the flu. And as a result, Span remains in the leadoff spot and Harper is back hitting cleanup for a second straight day.

The Nats’ lineup is actually the same tonight as it was last night, with the exception of a new starting pitcher.

Gio Gonzalez (7-3, 3.03 ERA) takes the mound for the Nats, opposing Zack Greinke (8-2, 3.49 ERA), who is coming off a shutout against the Rockies his last time out.

Greinke has actually not allowed a run in his last two starts, spanning 16 innings.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Chad Tracy
C Wilson Ramos
LHP Gio Gonzalez

For the Dodgers
2B Mark Ellis
RF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Juan Uribe
CF Andre Ethier
LF Scott Van Slyke
C Tim Federowicz
RHP Zack Greinke

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