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Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Today’s Nationals lineup, and why Jayson Werth could bat fifth

With his first National League lineup, Davey Johnson put a halt to the practice of hitting the starting pitcher eighth. Otherwise, the lineup he’ll send against Charlie Morton looks a lot like his first two out in Anaheim:

1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Jayson Werth, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Laynce Nix, RF

5. Michael Morse, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. Tom Gorzelanny, SP

While Johnson has espoused lineup consistency, there is one compelling change he hopes to make: Werth, eventually, may move down to fifth in the lineup.

“Well, when I was in spring training, I really felt like Jayson would be a great five-hole hitter. He’s had some problems this year. I think hitting in the two hole is not going to hurt him right now. Get him going. He’s got a great hitter hitting behind him. Once I get him going, then … I think Ramos needs to get going a little bit. Ian Desmond. Everybody that’s kind of underachieving for me, once I get them going, then I’ll reevaluate the lineup. But right now I’m comfortable with the way the lineup is going.”

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