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Today's lineup

Ivan Rodriguez is back behind the plate as Scott Olsen makes his third start, trying to recover from his two-inning shellacking against the Rockies his last time out. The Nationals are 5-4 on their homestand, and they will attempt to close it out above .500 before heading to Wrigley Field. They're facing Chad Billingsley, an All-Star last year who has struggled so far this season -- he's got a 7.07 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 3B
3. Cristian Guzman, 2B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Willie Harris, RF
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Scott Olsen, SP

In case you missed it, Sheinin hit a 550-foot home run with his piece today on Stephen Strasburg's first weeks in the minor leagues. An absolute must-read.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 25, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
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I hope Scotty is ready to pitch today--and pitch a lot.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | April 25, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

No Zimm again today? what gives? are we being overly cautious and yesterday Riggs didn't even let him pinch hit.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Pudge is a warrior, and definitely Cal Ripken "old school." Great to see him back in the lineup. But Zim's absence creates a gaping hole: no disrespect to Guz, but he's not a 3-hole hitter.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | April 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, you kind of get the feeling the Nats are treading on thin water without Zimmy...Gonzalez/Kennedy have done a nice job filling in though.

Posted by: CJArlington | April 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Crushing defeat last night...but I love the attitude. Stammen was quoted as saying that "We're just as good as them." or something to that effect. Fact is, we've been playing last years play-off teams and winning. If we can get rif of some of the bone-headed plays this team can compete with anyone.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

It is so much nicer watching games without the expectation of losing. That could change for Scott Olsen starts, though, if he doesn't get his act together today. It is hard to imagine him staying in the lineup long if he doesn't have a significantly better game today. We know that at least one member of the rotation will be pushed to the curb little more than a month from now.

That, of course, gets me thinking of C-M Wang again. We have heard little about him since the initial splash of having the Chinese media coalesce around him. If he is to come back around June 3, that would mean that he should be a couple of weeks away from pitching minor-league rehab games.

Could you please get an update on Wang for us, Adam?


Posted by: kevincostello | April 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know a website that has the Dodger's lineup?

Posted by: Y2kob | April 25, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

For all kinds of reasons, hoping Olsen does real well today.

Matt Kemp, career BA .355, career OPS .956 against lefties. Uh oh. Let's be careful here Scotty.

But Loney and Ethier are both hampered against lefties. And no Manny.

Billingsley should be quite hittable, that's for sure. Two out of three from LA, then off to visit the woeful Cubbies.

Posted by: Sunderland | April 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Lineups at's gameday


Posted by: Sunderland | April 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the lineup.

Posted by: Y2kob | April 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, gameday says that Maxwell is going to be starting in RF but Kilgore says that Willie Harris will be starting in RF today.....

Posted by: Y2kob | April 25, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"treading on thin water"

I have a new favorite expression!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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