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Braves vs. Nationals Lineups: Andrelton Simmons Starts At Shortstop, Batting Seventh

The Atlanta Braves will look to end their losing ways against the Nationals this weekend in D.C. as the club kicks off a three-game series with their NL East foes on Friday night. The Braves will turn to Mike Minor this evening. which has been a recipe for disaster the last month. The Nats will send Stephen Strasburg to the hill.

Andrelton Simmons will make his first start (weather permitting) tonight for the Braves. Michael Morse will also make the start for Washington, playing right field.

Here are the rest of the lineups:

Braves:

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Jason Heyward RF
Andrelton Simmons SS
Mike Minor P
Jose Constanza LF

Nationals:

Danny Espinosa 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Xavier Nady LF
Jesus Flores C
Stephen Strasburg P

First pitch from rainy Nationals Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. We'll see if the two clubs are able to get this game in tonight.

For more on the Braves be sure to check out Talking Chop.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.