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Today's lineup

After the drive up Route 192 that included sights such the Reptile World Serpentarium and The Gun Store (not to be confused with The Gun Shack, which is just up the road), we're settling here at the Osceola County Baseballtarium. The weather has been reset to gorgeuous, so there's definitely going to be baseball, and the Nationals are going to play it with this lineup:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Willie Harris, LF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Chris Duncan, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, DH
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Elijah Dukes, RF
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Wil Nieves, C
-- Scott Olsen, SP

This is probably an important start for Olsen, who allowed three runs on seven hits in his first outing. To be fair, several of those hits were bloops and bleeders; the three-run homer by Jorge Cantu was not. Olsen, who is overhauling his mechanics, hit between 85-88 on his fastball last week. If he could increase that today, it would be an encouraging sign.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 13, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
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They are really giving Chris Duncan a lot of looks. Even if he could get back his "O" I feel he is not a real improvement on the "D".

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 13, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Just another soft-tosser.

Chris Duncan looks to be a Mike Morse like left-handed bat on the bench. Its better than Pete Orr, Alberto Gonzalez, etc. pinch hitting that's for sure. And the guy can play left-field and backup Willingham.

I think that if (or when) they cut Walker and Bergmann he'll get one of those spots on the 40.

Posted by: periculum | March 13, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

SCRATCH Dukes. Minor toe injury.

Posted by: periculum | March 13, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Maxwell is now in right field.

Posted by: periculum | March 13, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

With a reported 21mph wind blowing out to right, today is not a good day to make mistakes up in the zone. It could get ugly early.

Posted by: BinM | March 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse


It could get ugly, but it couldn't get uglier. This is a game they need to win.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 13, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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