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Game 29: Nats at Braves

May 2, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats try to salvage a four-game series split tonight at Turner Field.

ATLANTA — A win tonight would salvage this series against the Braves, resulting in a four-game split and keeping the Nationals above .500 as they head to Pittsburgh to conclude the road trip. But it'll be a real challenge for them pull that off.

We're still waiting to see tonight's lineup, but it's not expected to include Bryce Harper (who had to leave last night's game with a bruised left side, an injury originally suffered Tuesday when he slammed into the right field fence). And we don't know if Jayson Werth will be included, either, though he seemed to think yesterday he could return from his ankle and hamstring injuries.

Dan Haren, meanwhile, takes the mound, hoping to build off his solid start over the weekend against the Reds. If Haren does struggle, the Nationals bullpen certainly is fresh, with only Rafael Soriano having been needed during last night's 2-0 win.

Will post the lineup as soon as it comes out, so please check back. [UPDATE AT 5:30 P.M. — Harper and Werth are both tentatively starting, provided they get through batting practice with no problems.]

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WNEW (99.1 FM), XM 89
Weather: Cloudy, 69 degrees, Wind 12 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (14-14)
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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240 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Lombo looked like a different player tonight. Good to see!

  2. NatsJack in Florida - May 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Nats need to show this Braves bullpen that they can score on them.

  3. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Exposremains said… I blame the WBC for Bernadina's struggles May 02, 2013 8:57 PM ___________________________I'm thinking the same from the standpoint of not getting a good Spring Training in. Keep in mind Bernie had that wrist injury during the WBC.

  4. MicheleS - May 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Come on Anthony! It's your last MLB AB for awhile… get a hit

  5. NatsJack in Florida - May 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Another pro AB by the rookie.

  6. Steady Eddie - May 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Rendon once again shows a vet's approach at the plate. Two many pitch walks.

  7. Exposremains - May 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Forgot about that wrist injury. Loving Rendon more and more. Let him play 2b in the minors for a month and bring him back.

  8. JaneB - May 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Good job Anthony!

  9. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    This Gearrin guy looks like he's going to hyper-extend his elbow on almost every pitch.Good AB by Rendon, for all the good it did us.

  10. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    MicheleS said… Come on Anthony! It's your last MLB AB for awhile… get a hit_________________________2-3 with a walk. Oh what a night!

  11. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    What a play by Ian Desmond!!!

  12. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Simmons looked safe! Got a break.

  13. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Nats catch a break. Safe by a toe.

  14. Exposremains - May 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Davey to Haren: "You want him" thats a confidence booster

  15. JaneB - May 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    THIS was a great night for Dan! I'm thrilled for all of us.

  16. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Dan Haren with a gem! Congrats to those of us who have thought for the last 3 starts he was really getting it together.Tonight, oh yah!!!

  17. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Wow! Great job, Dan Haren!

  18. NattieNation13 - May 3, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    In the peculiar case of Dr. Dannimal and Mr. Harrendous, we should all be thankful the former came to pitch tonight. What an outing!

  19. JaneB - May 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    That pitch was so far inside, how did Lombo not jump?

  20. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Span! Again!

  21. SCNatsFan - May 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    God our bench is killing us. C'mon bullpen, finish this off.

  22. MicheleS - May 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    TUCK IN PEOPLE!!!

  23. JaneB - May 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I was so hoping Roger would have made himself and all of us happy. Soriano do your thing please please please.

  24. BxJaycobb - May 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I'm just gonna say it. I know that for reasons of honor or whatever that you are compelled to always insist you can play, and i guess it's better than being a wuss and not a gamer, but honeslty it's just irresponsible of werth to insist he's fine to play, have davey hit him cleanup, then come out of the game, replaced by somebody who cant hit major league pitching right now. like, im trusting that soriano will lock this baby up, but that's two separate innings with ducks on the pond with the 4 hole guy up, and thanks to jayson, we have bernadina up. if you're iffy, say you can go but dont put me somewhere important in the lineup. personally i think it's the height of idiocy to hit werth cleanup ANY night ahead of Desi, but whatever.

  25. JaneB - May 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    tucked, Michelle S!

  26. Section 222 - May 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Time to tuck and get ready.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    i say send Tracy packing and keep Rendon

  28. Secret wasian man - May 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I look at some of our BAs when guys come up. OMG. what an embarrassment. But hopefully we can hang on here.

  29. MicheleS - May 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    BxJaycobb.. Davey has a quick hook when the weather is iffy, regardless of the score.. see last night with Bryce

  30. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Not bad, Lombo!

  31. Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa - May 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Untucked!

  32. MicheleS - May 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! UNTUCK and DAN HAREN IS DREAMY!!!

  33. JaneB - May 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    I like when we get to untuck. Phew! Even split. I'll take it. Now we get Zimm back tomorrow. May his throwing be straight. Thank you Anthony! We look forward to seeing you again.

  34. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    UNTUCK!!!

  35. NatsLady - May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    LOL, Desi untucking!!!!

  36. Steady Eddie - May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Now Desi — UNTUCK!

  37. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Whoa, Lombo can play defense? How do you like that!

  38. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Great team win!

  39. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Wow, thought I was going for the Maalox!2 1/2 behind for all of those that sold their season tickets.

  40. Gonat - May 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Rafael Soriano likes to toy with us. More heart pounding!

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