Harper returns, Espinosa, Suzuki sit (with Giants lineup)

Tonight’s Nationals lineup will feature Bryce Harper. It will not feature Danny Espinosa or Kurt Suzuki.

Harper returns to the Nats lineup after missing the last two games with a sore left knee, an injury suffered during his collision with the right field wall in Dodger Stadium a week ago.

The 20-year-old will return to his normal No. 3 spot in the order and will play right field.

Steve Lombardozzi will hit in front of Harper and will play second base. Lombardozzi will replace Danny Espinosa, who has been benched after going 1-for-28 with no walks and 13 strikeouts over his last seven games.

Suzuki will get the night off after catching the Nats’ last four games. Jhonatan Solano gets the start behind the plate, catching Zach Duke, who will get his first start of the season.

The veteran left-hander will toe the rubber in place of Ross Detwiler, who is sidelined because of an oblique strain.

In nine relief appearances this season, Duke has an 8.40 ERA. This will be his first game action in nine days.

If you’re looking for some good news - and I have a feeling you are - Duke has dominated in four career appearances at AT&T Park, allowing just three earned runs over 25 innings.

Ryan Vogelsong (1-4, 8.06 ERA) will get the ball tonight for the Giants.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Roger Bernadina
C Jhonatan Solano
LHP Zach Duke

For the Giants
CF Angel Pagan
2B Marco Scutaro
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Andres Torres
SS Brandon Crawford
RHP Ryan Vogelsong

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