UPDATES & NEWS
Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Thursday.
Just a routine day off for Desmond who has started every game since the All Star break. In the second half, he's batting .267 but has just four home runs and 20 RBI. Danny Espinosa will play shortstop Thursday.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Odubel Herrera will bat leadoff for the Phillies on Sunday.
The Phillies like his bat, which is why they made him a Rule 5 pick from Texas. He figures to play all three outfield positions as well as second base this spring. He will likely be a bench player out of camp if he can hit this spring. He did show some power development in the Venezuelan Winter League, but it remains to be seen if that is something that moves forward for him or not. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson