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Willie Harris replaces Roger Bernadina

The Nationals scratched Roger Bernadina and replaced him in right field and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup with Willie Harris. Bernadina came out of the lineup with lower back tightness, and he is available as a substitute. Manager Jim Riggleman had stuck with Bernadina following his game-ending base running gaffe Friday night.

"Three days ago when I planned the lineups for the next three days, Bernie was in the lineup," Riggleman said before Bernadina's scratch. "Period."

Riggleman reiterated his stance that he wants to put that play in the past.

"That play last night, it's over," Riggleman said. "It's a learning experience for all of us. For myself, to give him a heads up. For Bernie, to be aware that that could happen. It's even an education for our pitchers, to watch the committment that Frankie Rodriguez made to that play. He didn't make a half-hearted effort. He fired it."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 3, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
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Riggs is lost and desperate. With all that's not working on this ball club, he decides to replace a .287 hitter with great fielding skills with a .155 hitter who "just can't" just stupid.

The Manager has to go if this team wants to move up to the next level. Unfortunately, we all know thats not happening until 2011 at the earliest.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, that's a .287 hitter who took himself out of the game with an injury.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 3, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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