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The Nationals will be facing a Cubs team in disarray. They're one of the few National League clubs with a worse record than the Nats, and they're playing their first game with interim manager Mike Quade at the helm following Lou Piniella's abrupt retirement. Here's how the Nationals will open their homestand, including an off day for Ian Desmond.

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Roger Bernadina, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Willie Harris, RF
8. Alberto Gonzalez, SS
9. Livan Hernandez, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
 
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Willingham's jersey will be in LF

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 23, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Willigham's jersey is on the DL.

Teddy will be playing LF.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 23, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Willingham's jersey will be in LF"

It will get as many hits as Willie will.

Posted by: NatsFly | August 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Adam's just trying to have some fun with us - see who's paying attention.

Watch for Ryan langerhans and Bryce Harper in the lineup next week.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 23, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want about us having two right fielders, but the Cubbies are even worse off. They don't have ANYONE starting.

They really ARE in disarray.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Go easy on Willie. He needs ABs to break out of his career-long slump.

This will be Willie's 33rd start in 2010 as a corner OF, a lot for a .240 lifetime hitter with occasional power. It's not his fault or Riggs' fault that Willie starts so much--the Nats just have a weak bench.

Posted by: EdDC | August 23, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way, speaking of omissions, has any Nats writer reported when Rizzo will reveal the results of the most famous MRI in DC history? Has a press conference been set?

Seems like someone in the media should be addressing this.

Posted by: swanni | August 23, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Is Mr. Harris earning $1.5M? If so, please proceed not to go easy on William Charles Harris.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Two right fielders, no left fielder. Hmmm...I guess none of the cubs will hit all fly balls to right field, eh?

Maybe Desmond is searching for a new glove. You know, one with tighter webbing and fingers closer together.

Posted by: M20832 | August 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Why is Desmond out?

Because Riggleman likes to rest players when they are playing well.

Posted by: swanni | August 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The struggling Cubs, Livo, and no Desmond of the errant glove. Surely a Curly W.

I'm worried that it's taking so long to hear from the MRI.

Posted by: longhorn64 | August 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Why is Desmond out?

Because Riggleman likes to rest players when they are playing well.

Posted by: swanni
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If there's one thing Riggs does not like it is positive momentum; gotta kill that as fast as a Wille Harris start can do;any wonder this team's longest winning streak is 3? but let's give AK some credit for having upgraded his fielding and getting on base a bit more than in June

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | August 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Ladson is reporting SS to 15-day DL:

http://therocket.mlblogs.com/

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

In an election year, the Nationals are already running to the right...

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | August 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Two ways to interpret that opening sentence, both correct.

Posted by: 202character | August 23, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Right now, the Nats have the seventh pick in the 2011 draft, right?

A few losses go a long way to cracking the top five. Who says these games don't matter?

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

You play to win the game. JohninMpls, hello? You play to win the game.

Posted by: 202character | August 23, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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