Nationals and Pirates' lineups for tonight's matchup in PNC Park

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals called Blake Treinen up to start tonight's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in place of injured lefty Gio Gonzalez. Treinen squares off against Edinson Volquez, who signed with the Pirates as a free agent this past winter.

The Washington Nationals are in Pittsburgh tonight for the first game of their four-game set with the Pirates in PNC Park. The Nats are coming off a loss to the Cincinnati Reds and a 3-3 homestand in the nation's capital.

The Pirates dropped two of three to the New York Yankees this past weekend and split a two-game home set with the Baltimore Orioles this week, leaving them 19-26 so far this season. After 45 games last season, the eventual NL Wild Card winners were 27-18 on the way to a 94-68 finish. The Pirates took four of seven from the Nationals in 2013, though they dropped two of the three games with the Nats at home in PNC.

Pittsburgh's hitters will be getting their first look at 25-year-old Nats' starter Blake Treinen tonight when he makes his second start of the season. Treinen pitched out of the bullpen earlier this year and made a spot start against the LA Dodgers two weeks back.

The Nationals will face Pirates' right-hander Edinson Volquez, the former Rangers, Reds, Padres and Dodgers' starter who signed a 1-year/$5M deal with Pittsburgh last December. In four career starts against the Nats before tonight, the veteran of 10 major league seasons in (1-2) with a 6.64 ERA, 12 walks (5.31 BB/9) and 21 Ks (9.30 K/9) in 20 1/3 innings pitched over which he's held Nationals' hitters to a combined .240/.352/.400 line.

• Here are the Nationals and Pirates' lineups for the first game of four in Pittsburgh:

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Denard Span - CFJosh Harrison - RF
Anthony Rendon - 3BNeil Walker - 2B
Jayson Werth - RFA. McCutchen - CF
Wilson Ramos - CPedro Alvarez - 3B
Ian Desmond - SSStarling Marte - LF
Tyler Moore - 1BIke Davis - 1B
Danny Espinosa - 2BJordy Mercer - SS
Nate McLouth - LFChris Stewart - C
Blake Treinen - RHPEdinson Volquez - RHP

Game Time: 7:05 PM EDT from PNC.

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