Game 71 lineups: Nats vs. Orioles

Thumbnail image for Nats Park rain delay tarpjpgIt was scorching hot this afternoon ... and then a storm of biblical proportions broke out and doused the entire area. What does that mean for tonight’s opener of Part 2 of the Battle of the Beltways at Nationals Park? Stay tuned, but it does appear as though the rain will be clearing out before scheduled first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Assuming that first pitch does happen, it’ll be Jefry Rodriguez on the mound making his first career start, his second career major league appearance. The lanky right-hander was awfully impressive in an emergency relief outing in Atlanta two weeks ago. We’ll see how he handles this starting assignment against an Orioles lineup that averages 3.54 runs per game, 29th in the sport.

The struggling Nationals lineup hopes to have some more offensive production tonight against David Hess, who held them to one run and four hits in six innings last month at Camden Yards.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: Storms ending, 84 degrees, wind 7 mph in from left field

NATIONALS
RF Adam Eaton
LF Juan Soto
3B Anthony Rendon
CF Bryce Harper
1B Daniel Murphy
SS Trea Turner
2B Wilmer Difo
C Spencer Kieboom
RHP Jefry Rodriguez

ORIOLES
RF Jace Peterson
CF Adam Jones
SS Manny Machado
1B Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
3B Danny Valencia
LF Trey Mancini
C Caleb Joseph
RHP David Hess

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