The Nationals made a change at shortstop for today’s game, sitting Ian Desmond after he made a pair of errors replacing him Alex Cora. Desmond seemed awfully frustrated last night after – he had changed his glove during the game, and afterward he looked more down than I’ve ever seen him. He felt especially bad, it seemed, because he felt like he let down Livan Hernandez.

With Ivan Rodriguez catching, the Nationals will bat Jerry Hairston sixth, Rodriguez seventh and Cora eighth. Slash-line wise this season, that looks like this:

6. .147/.237/.265

7. .156/..206/.313

8. .130/.231/.130

And the full lineup:


1. Danny Espinosa, 2B

2. Rick Ankiel, CF

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Michael Morse, LF

6. Jerry Hairston, 3B

7. Ivan Rodriguez, C

8. Alex Cora, SS

9. Jason Marquis, SP