Harper out of Nats lineup; Rockies without Tulowitzki, Morneau

DENVER - Just as Bryce Harper is starting to heat up, he'll take a seat in the opener of the Nationals' three-game set at Coors Field.

Matt Williams has opted to sit Harper against Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales. Ryan Zimmerman will play left field tonight, his first start in left since Harper returned from the disabled list.

Danny Espinosa will play second, with Anthony Rendon sliding across the diamond to play third.

The Rockies, meanwhile, will be without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and first baseman Justin Morneau tonight.

Tulowitzki, one of the top hitters on this planet, suffered a quad injury over the weekend and will miss his second straight game. Morneau, on the other hand, will be placed on the DL today with a neck strain, according to Rockies reporters.

For the Nats:
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Doug Fister

For the Rockies:
CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Josh Rutledge
LF Corey Dickerson
RF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Nolan Arenado
1B Ben Paulsen
C Wilin Rosario
2B DJ LeMahieu
LHP Franklin Morales

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