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Today’s Nationals lineup

Davey Johnson said yesterday he wants the Nationals to use to a consistent lineup, and today at least he’s a man of his word. Johnson will use the same order as last night, with Jason Marquis on the mound.

Nationals

1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Jayson Werth, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Laynce Nix, LF

5. Michael Morse, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Matt Stairs, DH

9. Ian Desmond, SS

The Nationals will another right-hander tonight, this time Joel Pinero, so Johnson could (and, presumably, will) use a different lineup against left-handed starters. But for now, he seems to have settled on this order, and judging by his comments yesterday, he wants to keep it that way.

“There’s no doubt about that,” Johnson said. “I think players, as well as managers, they like consistency. That goes the same with starting pitchers or relievers. They like to know basically when they’re going to work. If it’s a relief pitcher, he likes to know if he’s coming in in the ninth inning, eighth inning, seventh inning, and that’s all me getting to know the talent and making decisions which are going to be best for the ballclub. That’s what they’re paying me to do, but I definitely would like a more set lineup. We still have some young guys that are still establishing and still learning about themselves. I think they’re doing great and I think they’re only going to get better.”

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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