Day off for Desmond in finale vs. Diamondbacks

The Nationals try to complete a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon, and are seeking their 10th straight victory. But they’ll have to accomplish those feats without shortstop Ian Desmond in the starting lineup.

Desmond, who has played in 123 of the team’s 125 games this season, is getting a day off. He’ll be replaced at shorstop by Danny Espinosa.

Washington’s Gio Gonzalez will face Arizona’s Wade Miley in a battle of left-handers.

For the Diamondbacks
CF Ender Inciarte
SS Cliff Pennington
RF David Peralta
1B Mike Trumbo
2B Aaron Hill
3B Jordan Pacheco
LF Alfredo Marte
C Tuffy Gosewisch
LHP Wade Miley

For the Nationals
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SS Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez

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