Nats look to take the rubber match with Reds

After a tough loss last night, the Nationals will look to take the series from Cincy in tonight’s rubber match. Jordan Zimmermann will try to continue his series of strong starts against the Reds and Bronson Arroyo.

Here are tonight’s lineups:



Brandon Phillips – 2B

Dave Sappelt – LF

Joey Votto – 1B

Jay Bruce – RF

Miguel Cairo – 3B

Drew Stubbs – CF

Ryan Hanigan – C

Paul Janish – SS

Bronson Arroyo – P



Ian Desmond – SS

Rick Ankiel – CF

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Michael Morse – 1B

Jayson Werth – RF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Jonny Gomes – LF

Jesus Flores – C

Jordan Zimmermann – P


*Despite injuring his left Achilles tendon in his last start, Arroyo is still slated to start tonight’s game after throwing a successful bullpen session.


*Ivan Rodriguez, who has been on the disabled list since early July, threw catch yesterday at Nationals Park and is looking to be activated before the roster expands next month.


*With last night’s two-for-four evening (including a rocket of a home run), Ryan Zimmerman has successfully reached base in 23 straight games.

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