Lombardozzi playing second, Suzuki hitting sixth

Steve Lombardozzi is playing second and hitting eighth for the Nationals today in their series opener against the Phillies, as Danny Espinosa gets a day off.

Kurt Suzuki, who normally hits eighth for the Nats, has been bumped up to the No. 6 spot in the order, with the struggling Tyler Moore hitting seventh.

The Nats will face right-hander Kyle Kendrick today, he of the 4-2 record and 2.82 ERA.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the start for the Nats, looking to improve upon his 7-2 mark and 1.62 ERA this season.

Zimmermann hasn’t gotten stuck with the loss at Nats Park is his last 15 starts here.

Bryce Harper and Tyler Moore spent a good amount of time on the field just now working with outfield instructor Tony Tarasco on tracking fly balls on the warning track just in front of the wall.

The two were making a concerted effort to put their hand out and brace for the wall as they hit the track, allowing them to have an idea exactly where they were and how much space they had left.

Center fielder Denard Span came out and joined Harper and Moore at one point, and the three outfielders took turns catching balls out of a JUGS machine.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
C Kurt Suzuki
LF Tyler Moore
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

For the Phillies
SS Jimmy Rollins
CF Ben Revere
3B Michael Young
1B Ryan Howard
RF Delmon Young
LF Domonic Brown
2B Freddy Galvis
C Eric Kratz
RHP Kyle Kendrick

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