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Today's lineups

Roger Bernadina returns to the field after sitting out a few days to heal up stiffness in his lower back. Adam Kennedy also gets a start at second base.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Roger Bernadina, RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Adam Kennedy, 2B
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. J.D. Martin, SP

1. Tony Gwynn Jr., CF
2. Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Scott Hairston, LF
5. Chase Headley, 3B
6. Nick Hundley, C
7. Aaron Cunningham, RF
8. Everth Cabrera, SS
9. Jon Garland, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 7, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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Morse goes 3 for 4 but it isn't good enough to warrant a second start in a row. Wow.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 7, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Now, if only we could get some run production and that first win of the year for J.D! And how about some errorless ball tonight?

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

All together now: Riggleman is an idiot. God forbid Michael Morse should ever start against a RH pitcher. Please continue to bench your hottest hitter. What a dummy. BTW who put together our MLB starting pitching staff of Stammen, Martin and Atilano? And you wonder why we lose 3 out of every 5???

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: Nyjer Morgan stinks. He stinks in the field. He stinks at the plate. He stinks on the basepaths. Is there anything left? But Riggleman and Rizzo are so married to this loser it's amazing. Did you see Morgan corkscrew himself into a K last night? The guy is a joke. Riggleman is killing this team with his idiotic decisions. Enough is Enough. Everyone else can see it. But Rizzo and Riggleman just continue with the same old and nothing ever changes. It's absurd.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Agreed....this righty/lefty thing needs to stop. It's about the time we started subbing people in and out based on lefty/righty match ups when we stopped scoring runs. Pick either Bernadina or Morse in Right, Kennedy or Guzman at second, let Desmond play and take his lumps cause the kids going to be a player, and lets just roll with it. You think Bernadina learns to hit lefties when he sits against all of them? It makes it impossible for any hitter to get in a groove.

Posted by: TheycallmeThriiiiiiilledge | July 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't want to defend it too much but the Starting rotation is mostly our B-squad at this point.

Morgan seems to have righted himself defensibly, he ran down that one ball last night that was about 6 inches from hitting the wall. His hitting is still questionable which is why they need to put him towards the bottom of the order, but we are seeing signs of life there aren't we? Didn't he have a hot game recently?

I agree that the team needs to stop platooning the out field this much. If you are going to platoon them at all, change up the guys by series not by game. I mean I would be very comfortable with all 4 guys getting some time off.

But seriously, what do we need Harris for at this point? Can we please just cut him? There must be someone on the AAA roster more deserving of a spot on the team then him.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Actually Mike Morse is 4 for his last 22 AB including last night, so I don't know if he still qualifies as "our hottest hitter" anymore, but--just playing devil's advocate.

Check out my Nats' season recap at the halfway point! Well, if you're still bored at work...

Posted by: CJArlington | July 7, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Folks, as long as you keep expecting players to be "rewarded" for one good game or "punished" for a bad one, you're going to be disappointed in this manager's lineups. The man just doesn't do it, not in that short term.

Have fun tonight! Let's facelift bar!

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that Desmond's lumps are really hurting the team. He's no kid (25 in September)and has played enough professional baseball to avoid fundamental mistakes. His throw past Dunn cost Livan the chance for a win. His routine relay in the ninth was way short and required a terrific lunge by Pudge. He has the worst SS fielding stats in the majors by a ridiculous margin and even his range (UZR), the basis for his supposed potential, has slid into negative numbers so he's ranked 17th out of 22 rated shortstops.(current FANGRAPH stats). That they keep playing him tells me there is no interest in accountability or putting together a decent season. It's written off for everything other than their incomprehensible player experiments. Very disappointing he's in the line-up. I'm staying home.

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 7, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse


I like Ray Knight but his interview of Desmond last night has to rank up there with the worst, lamest cowardly interviews of all time. Right after Dibble had spent about 5 minutes ranting that Desmond has to stop kicking the ball around or be replaced, Knight basically called this guy a future all star and then proceeded to coronate the guy. It was a complete joke. No mention at all of the error that cost Livo the win and the Nats the game almost. Really weak reporting by Knight.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

So from the posts above I've concluded that the Nats fans here don't like Stammen, Martin, Atilano, Morgan, Harris, Morse, and Desmond. What happened to delusional optimism for your team? Who do you all want that's out there for the bench/backend of the rotation anyway? Yeah, they're mediocre players, but they're our mediocre players!

Posted by: rnkorby | July 7, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

>>Who do you all want that's out there for the backend of the rotation anyway?

Since when are 3 starting pitchers the backend? That's the majority of your rotation. And again I ask, who is responsible for putting together this Minor League starting rotation of Stammen, Martin and Atilano? And with this joke of a rotation, how is anyone surprised when we continue to constantly fall behind early and are always having to play catchup before eventually losing.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

And it's one thing to lose games because you're bad. It's quite another to lose games because youre afraid to make changes because you think it will make you look bad. Like continuing to play Morgan in center and having him lead off (even though he shouldn't be) just because you need to justify trading for him. Every dummy at home can see this guy shouldn't be leading off anymore. You don't have to be a genius. So why does Riggleman and Rizzo continue to run this guy out there?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I will certainly miss Dunn or Willingham if they go, because I don't know that any 3-4-5 combo has given me as much joy. Rumors now extend even to Morgan and Guzman. We need to remember how much Morgan meant to us last year, and consider that he could have a similar second half this year.

In any case, I am in for the long haul, and if Dunn brings Gordon Beckham or BJ Upton, I will sigh and adapt.


Posted by: kevincostello | July 7, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

hope Longhorn had a good time at home. Maybe he watched the Orioles. He missed two really nice plays by Desmond in the field, plus a homerun and while we still can't put people away its our team and I love baseball in DC

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 7, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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