Michael Morse’s knee injury, really, is not much of an issue anymore. He said he is “100 percent” and Manager Jim Riggleman said “he’s still got a little limp in his gait, but he’s fine.” And yet, Laynce Nix will receive his seventh consecutive start, six of which have come in left field. Nix hit a three-run homer last night, and Riggleman simply believes Nix gives the Nationals their best option against right-hander Tommy Hanson.
“Basically, I’m just choosing to play Nix,” Riggleman said. He’s a strong guy, he’s got power and his hits have been timely. I’m just trying to put the best lineup I can out there. It’s a nice thing if you got a left-handed hitter and they’ve got a right-handed pitcher and you feel like he might pop one.”
The Nationals will try to get to back to .500 with John Lannan on the mound. Since his debut in 2007, Lannan has four wins at Turner Field, more than any other non-Braves pitcher over that span.
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