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Today's lineups

The Nationals will go with a mostly standard lineup, aside from Wil Nieves getting the start on a day game following a night game. As expected, Ian Desmond gets the day off and Cristian Guzman and Adam Kennedy will form the double play combo, part of Manager Jim Riggleman's desire to create a truer rotation in the middle infield.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Roger Bernadina, RF
7. Adam Kennedy, 2B
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Craig Stammen, SP

1. Emilio Bonifacio, LF
2. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Jorge Cantu, 3B
6. Cody Ross, CF
7. Mike Stanton, RF
8. Ronny Paulino, C
9. Alex Sanabia, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 18, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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uh-oh, Boni alert...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

This could get ugly. All Florida has to do is to hit grounders up the middle and they will be hits.

Posted by: periculum | July 18, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

uh-oh, more like a Stammen alert.

Posted by: charley42 | July 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Hope Stammen has his 'A' game today; It would be nice to get 2 of 3 on the road.

Posted by: BinM | July 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I hear you Charley -- Stammen has pitched well against Florida, but the guy is struggling something crazy. A control artist has very little room for error and this guy's been very hittable lately.

I am glad Desmond is on the bench today, he needs to colelct himslef and prove he can play SSS every day in MLB. He does not hit enough to go to the outfield or 1B, so he NEEDS to get that glove going.

The club generally is at a crossroads, lots of players either on the block or under pressure to prove they can play. Morgan needs to prove that at 30 yrs old he's a quality CF in MLB. He's not getting on, he's getting thrown out and he's less than sterling in the field -- he needs to get it together or the club will have to move on with other options (Berndina in CF being an easy enough one to think of). Harris needs to be DFA'd as soon as possible -- he's not a part of the future of the club and he is not contributing and there are guys that could use his AB's. He needs to go. Maybe he catches on as a 4th OF or something for another club, but he's not helping here.

If Rizzo does not move Capps and Livo, he's nuts. A late inning guy and an innings eater with playoff success? Get what you can Rizzo but do it soon. The club is not likely to be able to re-sign Dunn after the season, so I wish they'd either re-ink the guy now or trade him for all they can get (which should be a decent haul).

Posted by: dfh21 | July 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

All I know about the Nats is what I read (mostly in the Post). I concede that Guzman and Kennedy have to go. And by April, they will be gone. But what about Desmond? The paper said he dropped a soft line drive for last night's error. How long do you go with this guy? I'm asking, not editorializing. dfh21 is right--he doesn't hit well enough to keep running him out there.

Posted by: fpcsteve | July 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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