Game 112 lineups: Nats vs. Indians

The Nationals are back to work tonight, hosting the Indians in the opener of a two-game interleague series, the second half of their head-to-head matchup that included two games in Cleveland a couple weeks ago. The two clubs split that series at Progressive Field, but only because of Jonathan Papelbon’s blown save in the opener. Obviously, things have changed a bit since then.

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Max Scherzer, who did not pitch in that first series, takes the mound tonight and looks to continue his recent surge (7-2, 1.84 ERA over his last 12 starts). Right-hander Trevor Bauer, who hasn’t lived up to the hype since his much-ballyhooed debut in 2012, starts for Cleveland and will be trying to bounce back from an outing in which he gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Twins.

Bryce Harper is once again out of the Nats lineup, his stiff neck apparently still a concern. He hasn’t played since the sixth inning of Saturday night’s loss to the Giants

CLEVELAND INDIANS vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Overcast, 82 degrees, wind 8 mph right field to left field

NATIONALS (66-45)
2B Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
1B Daniel Murphy
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
RF Chris Heisey
SS Danny Espinosa
CF Ben Revere
RHP Max Scherzer

INDIANS (62-47)
1B Carlos Santana
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Francisco Lindor
3B Jose Ramirez
RF Lonnie Chisenhall
CF Tyler Naquin
LF Abraham Almonte
C Roberto Perez
RHP Trevor Bauer

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