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The newcomer slides straight into the lineup

Cristian Guzman needs at least another day to rest, Manny Acta said.

And so, the starting lineup welcomes Anderson Hernandez.


Bonifacio - 4
Harris - 7
Zimmerman - 5
Milledge - 8
Belliard - 3
Flores - 2
Kearns - 9
Hernandez - 6
Balester - 1


Rollins - 6
Werth - 9
Utley - 4
Howard - 3
Burrell - 7
Victorino - 8
Dobbs - 5
Coste - 2
Myers - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 20, 2008; 5:46 PM ET
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Thanks, Chico.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and welcome to Mr. Hernandez.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Umm, Christian needs another stint on the DL?

Welcome Mr. Hernandez. Hope you don't get injured.

Posted by: SF Fan | August 20, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Have we ever had a line up that was the same two days in a row? Pretty rare occurrence. I would also like to know how many separate players have appeared on a starting line up for us so far this year. I think we have gone four or five deep at some positions. This is definitely the year that we need utility guys.

Posted by: masnstinks | August 20, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris is the only utility player a team will ever need.

Posted by: Willie Harris Fan Club President | August 20, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Willie Harris Fan Club Member | August 20, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to DC. enjoy your three games before your stint on the DL

Posted by: Willie Harris Superpowers | August 20, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed to see Bonifacio still leading off. How is Balester at bunting?

Hoping for a strong performance from Balester

Posted by: No Way Jose (Rijo) | August 20, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

wow, a rough stretch of three hitters there, from hernandez to balester to bonifacio.

sadly, at the moment, balester may be the best hitter among the three.

Posted by: 231 | August 20, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

That would be a rough stretch of four, 231.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 20, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Re: Depth chart question, I'm seeing the following...
C - 4)Flores, Nieves, LoDuca, Estrada
1B- 6)Slick, DaMeat, Boone, Casto, Belly, LoDuca
2B- 5)Bonifacio, Belly, Orr, Harris, FLop
3B- 5)RZimm, Boone, Casto, Harris, Belly
SS- 6)Guzman, A.Gonzalez, Orr, FLop, Belly, Hernandez
LF- 8)Harris, Dukes, Rena, Langerhans, Milledge, Casto, FLop, LoDuca
CF- 2)Milledge, Bernardina
RF- 3)Kearns, Dukes, Langerhans

Posted by: BIM | August 20, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

oops - in LF, sub WMP for "Rena".

Posted by: BIM | August 20, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

good point, cat daddy. but hey, at least kearn has hit 250 before.

BIM, you left out langerhans at 1B. and i think harris has logged at least 1 game (or some innings) at SS as well. oh, and orr has logged some innings at 3B, too, i believe. did dukes ever play some at CF? don't think he started, but he may have played a few innings there.

Posted by: 231 | August 20, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm bad. I'm really bad.

Posted by: Phil Wood's haircut | August 20, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

That's 23 different players appearing in at least one of eight starting slots over the season to date. A major arguing point for the year has been "Injuries happen, don't use them as an excuse". Sorry, but seven of eight players projected as starters out of Spring Training spent time on the DL this year (PLoD, Slick, RZimm, Guzman, WMP, Milledge,& Kearns); Additionally, five of their back-ups have been injured as well (DaMeat, Dukes, Boone, Estrada & Gonzalez). I don't like to use excuses, but wholly crap!

Posted by: BIM | August 20, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

@231 - I was just trying to look at starters at the position; if I considered all players logging at least one inning, it would look worse.

Posted by: BIM | August 20, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Balester can join Bergmann at bunting practice

Posted by: No Way Jose (Rijo) | August 20, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Does Carpenter really think that people who live in DC refer to it as "Washington"? Please send the hillbilly back to Oklahoma.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

is up

Posted by: new post | August 20, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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