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Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 05/19/2012

Nationals-Orioles lineups: Ian Desmond won’t lead off

(John McDonnell/Washington Post)
Hoping to shake up a sputtering offense, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has shuffled the lineup. For the first time this season, shortstop Ian Desmond will play and not bat leadoff. Instead, against Orioles right hander Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.68 ERA), Desmond will hit fifth — a move, Johnson said, he and Desmond discussed doing a few days ago to take advantage of his power so far this season.

Steve Lombardozzi will start at second and hit leadoff for only the second time this season, giving Danny Espinosa a day off.


1. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

2. Bryce Harper, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Rick Ankiel, CF

7. Carlos Maldonado, C

8. Roger Bernadina, LF

9. Ross Detwiler, SP


1. Robert Andino, 2B

2. J.J. Hardy, SS

3. Nick Markakis, RF

4. Adam Jones, CF

5. Matt Wieters, C

6. Wilson Betemit, 1B

7. Steve Tolleson, 3B

8. Xavier Avery, LF

9. Jason Hammel, SP

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