• With Espinosa sitting, Kevin Frandsen got his first start of the season at second base. The veteran utility man has played more games at second than any other position in his career, but has mostly served as an outfielder for the Nats.
• Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the Nats' top prospect, had his turn in the rotation skipped on Saturday for Class A Hagerstown. The organization is holding the 19-year-old to an innings limit in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
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