Adam Dunn feeling sick
Adam Dunn felt "noxious" when he arrived at Coors Field this morning, which is why Jim Riggleman gave him the day off. There seems to be a bug going around. A few Nationals players felt mildly under the weather, and Todd Helton did not play in Game 1 yesterday because of a flu bug. Maybe first base here is extra germy.
Although left-hander Jeff Francis is pitching for the Rockies, Riggleman wanted to have Dunn in the lineup today. "I don't like to give anybody with power [a day] off in Colorado," Riggleman said. "Especially after he hit a couple home runs yesterday. If he was available, he would be in there."
The other twist to today's lineup is Cristian Guzman's spot. He is playing right field today, his second start at his new position. Guzman's newfound flexibility will help get him in the lineup against any left-handed pitcher, something Riggleman feels has become imperative. Guzman has a 1.015 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season in 46 plate appearances.
"When a left-hander is pitching," Riggleman said, "he's got to be in there somewhere."
May 16, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
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