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Reds Vs. Nationals: Rick Ankiel In Washington Starting Lineup For Saturday's Contest

The red-hot Washington Nationals host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, with Washington looking to win their fifth game in a row. A 7-2 start by the Nationals would tie for the best start in franchise history with the 1981 Montreal Expos.

Davey Johnson gets outfielder Rick Ankiel back from the disabled list Saturday, and has immediately inserted Ankiel in the starting lineup, where he will bat seventh and man center field.

Here are the full Washington and Cincinnati starting lineups, via Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider:

NATIONALS (6-2)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
LF Xavier Nady
CF Rick Ankiel
C Jesus Flores
RHP Edwin Jackson

REDS (3-5)
2B Willie Harris
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
RF Jay Bruce
3B Miguel Cairo
LF Chris Heisey
CF Drew Stubbs
C Devin Mesoraco
RHP Homer Bailey

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on MASN2 and heard locally on 106.7 FM.

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