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Bryce Harper playing center, batting seventh today for the Nationals

In his second career game, Bryce Harper will bat seventh and play center field, not left, against Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano. This season at Class AAA, Harper went 4 for 21 with six strikeouts against left-handed pitching. Jayson Werth, who has typically played center against lefty starters, will stick in right field.


1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Xavier Nady, LF

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Bryce Harper, CF

8. Jesus Flores, C

9. Gio Gonzalez, SP


1. Tony Gwynn, Jr. LF

2. Mark Ellis, 2B

3. Matt Kemp, CF

4. Andre Ethier, RF

5. Juan Uribe, 3B

6. James Loney, 1B

7. Justin Sellers, SS

8. Mark Treanor, C

9. Chris Capuano, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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