Nats sticking with same lineup (with Pirates lineup)

The Nationals will stick with their same lineup (minus the pitcher) for game two of this four-game series with the Pirates.

Bryce Harper will lead off and Denard Span will hit seventh. Wilson Ramos is again behind the plate for the Nats.

Taylor Jordan will get his fifth big league start tonight, still in search of his first win despite positing an impressive 3.32 ERA thus far.

Jordan is coming off the best outing of his major league career thus far, when he allowed just two runs on eight hits over six innings against the Marlins. Jordan walked none and struck out four in that outing.

The Pirates will send right-hander Gerrit Cole to the mound tonight for his eighth major league start. Cole went 4-0 over his first four big league outings but has lost each of his last three starts.

He has a 3.89 ERA in the bigs.

Entering tonight’s game, the Nats have faced 11 different rookie starters this season. They’ve gone just 6-7 against those 11 rookies.

They’ll try and snap a four-game skid tonight against Cole, one of the more promising rookie starters in the game.

For the Nats
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
CF Denard Span
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Taylor Jordan

For the Pirates
LF Starling Marte
RF Jose Tabata
CF Andrew McCutchen
3B Pedro Alvarez
C Russell Martin
1B Garrett Jones
2B Neil Walker
SS Jordy Mercer
RHP Gerrit Cole

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