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Washington Nationals’ lineup for 1st of 2 with the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field

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Davey Martinez and his club are in Tropicana Field for two with the current AL East division leaders, from whom they took two games last week in D.C.

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With two weeks and 15 games remaining in the 2020 campaign, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals are basically out of contention even if they’re not yet really mathematically eliminated. FiveThirtyEight.com gives the 17-28 club just a 3% chance to get into the postseason bubble, but that doesn’t mean they’re packing it or tanking to get a top pick in next year’s draft, especially since it’s not clear how the draft order is determined this season.

“We have not had any type of full commitment on what the order is,” GM Mike Rizzo said on Sunday when asked if he knew how things would be lined up for the 2021 Draft.

“Obviously there [are] a lot of games to be played, and not sure what the protocol [is] for the Commissioner doling out the selection order yet.”

Rizzo and manager Davey Martinez’s club is going to play out the 60-game 2020 campaign and try to win as many games as they can down the stretch in an odd, disappointing year in the nation’s capital.

“We’re here to win games and that’s our goal is to win today’s game and win as many games as we can,” Rizzo told reporters on Sunday. “With that said, you’re going to see a steady diet of our young players and players that we’re committed to for the long-term, but with that said, we’re still trying to win baseball games, and each and every time out we’re expecting to win and disappointed when we lose.”

The Nationals managed to beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays twice last week in D.C.

Now they play another two games in Tropicana Field, where the Rays have gone 16-8 this season.

HERE’S THE NATS’ LINEUP FOR TONIGHT’S GAME AGAINST THE RAYS: