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Today's Lineups From Citi Field

Washington

Maxwell - 8
Belliard - 4
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 3
Willingham - 7
Kearns - 9
Flores - 2
Gonzalez - 6
Zimmermann - 1

New York

Reyes - 6
Murphy - 7
Beltran - 8
Delgado - 3
Wright - 5
Church - 9
Santos - 2
Castillo - 4
Perez - 1

As for Elijah Dukes being on the bench, Manny Acta said, "It was a scheduled day off, regardless of what happened yesterday. He could have made five diving catches and hit three home runs, and this would have been a day off."

By Chico Harlan  |  April 26, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
 
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Comments

excited to see JMax get the start.

Posted by: gengreen17 | April 26, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Belliard at Second. He is a veteran presence and plays the game with flair and enthusiasm that are sorely lacking on this team right now. I feel sure his hitting will improve with more at bats to get his timing into season form.

Also hope Guzman and Harris are back soon for the same on-field influence.

Posted by: longhorn64 | April 26, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Manny's reasoning is that of a business manager, not a ball club manager. Play your hot hand, if Dukes had hit 3 home runs and made five diving catches (we know he fell a little short on that) then he HAS to be in the lineup. Taking Johnson out of the lineup-who is your best hitter is equally without merit. The Mets must be happy about this lineup posting, seeing Dunn at first, Belliard at second and Dukes on the bench. Zimmermann gives us our best chance of winning in this series, even if Manny has put a couple of speed bumps in his path.

Posted by: driley | April 26, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Dunn and Belliard on the infield? Better hope that Zimmermann has the flyballs working today.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | April 26, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Having Nick on the bench against an occaisionally wild LHP makes perfect sense; It's the best way to keep him healthy. Yeah, the team sacrifices defense with Dunn at 1B, but you have to have somebody there.

Posted by: BinM | April 26, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Decent battle by willingham...but once again nothing to show for having 2 men on and 0 outs. Also, watching this on the NY station is just painful. They can't stop bashing the Nats. Called them the Generals. Very annoying, but the sad part is it is pretty true.

Posted by: amorris525 | April 26, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice shot by Flores.

By the way, does anyone else think Maxwell should have caught that triple? Sure he showed great speed to get to it but then he seemed to just fan on it.

Posted by: Nonno | April 26, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It hit his glove, Nonno, so yeah, I think it should've been caught, but he was running aqll-out, and might've been worried about colliding with Kearns... I actually agree with Crapenter (very rare) in that I was surprised he even got there...

New post btw

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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