Michael Morse is out of the lineup tonight after leaving yesterday’s game with a left elbow contusion, leaving Laynce Nix Brian Bixler to play first base against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

Depending on how available Morse is, the Nationals, still carrying eight relievers, could be playing with a three-man bench. Also, Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup with Morse out.


1. Rick Ankiel, CF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jonny Gomes, LF

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Laynce Nix, 1B

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. Livan Hernandez, SP


1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Shane Victorino, CF

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Jason Howard, 1B

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Raul Ibanez, LF

7. Carlos Ruiz, C

8. Wilson Valdez, 3B

9. Cole Hamels, SP