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Today's lineup

Playing a day game after a doubleheader will often lead to an atypitcal lineup, and that's what the Nationals have today. As Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis makes his first start of the season, Adam Dunn will get his first day off this year. Cristian Guzman will play right field for the second time. Mike Morse, who flew in yesterday, will start at first base for Dunn. Alberto Gonzalez will get a rare start at second. Without question, this'll be the last time you see this lineup all year.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Cristian Guzman, RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Mike Morse, 1B
8. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B
9. Scott Olsen, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 16, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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With the exception of the absence of Dunn, this isn't the worst lineup in the world. The Nats have fielded far worse over the last two years. AG has been decent off the bench, and I'm excited to see Morse. With Dunn availble to pinch-hit late in the game, I think we'll be okay. The best thing about this lineup? Nobody named Willie (or Willy) is in it.

Posted by: thepostischeap | May 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be so fast to say that this is the last time we see this lineup, without question; There are still far too many games to be played. But against a LH starter, not bad.

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Olsen got lit up in his last start against COL (4/20: 2.0IP,7H,6ER); Let's hope for a better result today.

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it's time for the Nats' first 3-game losing streak!

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 16, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Francis will probably be on a tight pitch limit (85-90?). Maybe the team can expose the 'soft' part of the bullpen (Rogers, Daley, Belisle, Flores) early.

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

This has the makings of one of those "surprise" games where Desmond, Gonzalez and Morse account for all the Runs and RBIs. Or they fall flat on their face.

Posted by: g3jr | May 16, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Lighten up, Francis. Or, should I say "let's light up Francis"? :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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