Since he came off the disabled list July 1, despite starting only seven games, Ankiel is 13 for 36 with two doubles, two home runs and three walks, good for a 1.008 OPS. Johnson still considers Bernadina his regular center fielder, but Ankiel hit his way into the lineup and Johnson thought Bernadina could use a day off.
The Nationals will try to get back to .500 – and even 50-50 – against Ted Lilly tonight. Tom Gorzelanny will take the mound for the Nationals. As always, talk about the game right here.