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Nationals vs. Diamondbacks: Tonight's lineups

Below are the lineups for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game at Nationals Park.

Ian Desmond, who has hit .324 in 78 plate appearances in the two hole, is hitting second for the 19th time this season. Adam Kennedy will play second base after Alberto Gonzalez started there last night and batted lead off. Josh Willingham, who has been hampered by a sore knee, is starting for the second consecutive night. Willie Harris will play right field in place of Mike Morse, who started the team's last 10 games and struggled mightily, hitting .135 (five for 37), striking out eight times and grounding into eight double plays.

Nationals
1. Roger Bernadina, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Adam Dunn, 1B
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Willie Harris, RF
9. Jason Marquis, P

Diamondbacks
1. Chris Young, CF
2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
3. Justin Upton, RF
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
7. Stephen Drew, SS
8. Gerardo Parra, LF
9. Ian Kennedy, P

By Jorge Castillo  |  August 14, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
 
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And Jorge Castillo will cover the game in place of Adam Kilgore, who has struggled all season to form complete sentences.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

And Jorge Castillo will cover the game in place of Adam Kilgore, who has struggled all season to form complete sentences.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Morse is batting himself back into what he has, perhaps, been all along, a utility player. Hope Marquis is on as I am starting out for tonight's game. Go NATS!!

Posted by: adhardwick | August 14, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mr Morse, you had your chance; all 33 ABs - that's all u get.

Next time instead of changing your name from Mike to Michael, change it to Willie Harris.

Posted by: swanni | August 14, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Morse has hit .125 in August... so, we'll give him a break and play Willie who is hitting, you guessed it, .077 in August...

OK, OK, they might both be only bench player caliber players... so I guess we are talking about the lesser of two evils here... but, I would still rather see Morse's name in the lineup on any given night rather then Willie's...

Not that anyone needs any reminding, but Morse at least has a future as a bench/role player with the team, as he is 4 years younger then Willie and has posted career marks in MLB of a .291 average with .783 OPS... Willie, love ya but you look really old (in MLB terms) right now, and in addition to your lousy 2010 numbers, he is running at career marks of .241 and .678 respectively... and you really can't play above average defense at any position other then possibly (possibly!) leftfield... certainly not rightfield...

Ugh.. go Nats! Get on a winning streak just one time this season for us!

Posted by: Ghost7 | August 14, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I can understand perhaps the necessity of giving poor worn-out Michael a rest. But why put Willie in? While J-Max is equally awful at bat, he's much better afield and has an exponentially-better arm. Whenever we are obliged to give away outs at bat, we should be even more scrupulous about giving away runs in the field.

Posted by: Slidell | August 14, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wait, is it possible Morse has had enough AB's to expose a weakness? It's a game of adjustments and the pitchers have a book on him now. I guess the question is giving him the chance to make the counter adjustment.

Posted by: Natmeister | August 14, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you all for continuing the absurd Willie Harris diatribes. Brings a smile to my face every time!

Posted by: paulkp | August 14, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

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