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Nationals Vs. Mets: Ian Desmond Misses Third Straight Game

With their N.L. East lead shrinking, the Washington Nationals look to get back on track Tuesday, as they begin a three-game home stretch against the New York Mets, who trail the Nats by six games in the standings. The Braves have inched closer, as well, and trail by 2.5 games. Since the All-Star break, the Nats have gone 2-2, splitting a four-game series with the Miami Marlins.

First pitch on Tuesday between the Mets and Washington is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST and will be televised by MASN.

Here are tonight's lineups:

Mets (46-43)

Miguel Tejada SS
Ronny Cedeno 2B
David Wright 3B
Scott Hairston RF
Jason Bay LF
Ike Davis 1B
Andres Torres CF
Mike Nickeas C
Jonathon Niese P

Nationals (51-36)

Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Tyler Moore LF
Danny Espinosa SS
Jesus Flores C
Ross Detwiler P

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