Jul 25, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT
For weeks, we’ve been talking about members of the Nationals lineup who are unavailable to play. Tonight, we’re finally able to talk about a couple who are available to play, and who will play.
Yes, Anthony Rendon is off the DL, having missed the last month with a strained left quadriceps muscle; he’s batting second and playing second base. And Yunel Escobar is back in the lineup after missing 2-plus games with a sore left wrist; he’s batting fourth and playing third base. No Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman or Denard Span yet, but Werth and Zimmerman appear to be only a matter of days away, with Span progressing as well.
The extra boost to the lineup will be welcome tonight, with A.J. Burnett on the mound for the Pirates. The veteran right-hander is enjoying a fantastic season in his swan song (8-3, 2.44 ERA, 102 strikeouts) though he is facing a Nats club that rapped out 14 hits against him last month in D.C. Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nationals, on a nice 3-0, 1.38 ERA run of four starts himself that happened to begin against the Pirates.
Enjoy the game and the conversation…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 85
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF
CF Michael Taylor
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
LF Matt den Dekker
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RF Gregory Polanco
LF Starling Marte
CF Andrew McCutchen
3B Aramis Ramirez
SS Jung Ho Kang
C Francisco Cervelli
2B Neil Walker
1B Sean Rodriguez
RHP A.J. Burnett
HP Ted Barrett (cc)
1B Chris Conroy
2B Gabe Morales
3B Scott Barry
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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