Ivan Rodriguez goes back-to-back days
Ivan Rodriguez is in the lineup tonight, which is noteworthy because he played last night and no Nationals catcher has played consecutive days since Sept. 4. Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos have alternated games since then.
Manager Jim Riggleman gave Rodriguez a second straight start because he wants to let Ramos catch back-to-back games before the year is over, but not without giving Rodriguez his due time behind the plate.
"It's just really a nice combination to have," Riggleman said. "We're just trying give Pudge the respects he deserves for working so hard all year and let him get his at-bats, but at the same time develop Ramos."
Rodriguez's offensive numbers have picked up since the every-other-day schedule began. He's hitting 11 for 31 with two doubles and two of his four home runs this year.
"Every other day, that's a pretty nice schedule for people," Riggleman said. "It's enough to keep you sharp, and you're going to be ultra-strong every day. It probably has helped him a little bit."
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