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Nationals-Braves lineups: Game 145

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Michael Morse, as expected, remains out of the Nationals’ lineup. Steve Lombardozzi is playing in his place in left field today against right-hander  Tommy Hanson. Roger Bernadina played last night, but he has a stiff neck after crashing into the fence to make a dazzling catch. Manager Davey Johnson said Bernadina could play. He went with Lombardozzi because, “Lombo’s got 50 percent of his homers off this guy.” Indeed, Lombardozzi hit one of his two home runs off Hanson.

Morse remained an observer, not taking batting practice. Johnson said doctors have told him Morse will not further damage his bone-bruised left wrist by playing. It is a manner of pain tolerance, Johnson said, and “he’s still sore.”

Morse will rest again Sunday night, Johnson sad. With left-hander Mike Minor pitching for Atlanta, Tyler Moore will start in left field.


1. Jayson Werth, RF

2. Bryce Harper, CF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Jesus Flores, C

8. Steve Lombardozzi, LF

9. Edwin Jackson, SP


1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Martin Prado, LF

3. Jason Heyward, RF

4. Brian McCann, C

5. Freddie Freeman, 1B

6. Dan Uggla, 2B

7. Juan Francisco, 3B

8. Andrelton Simmons, SS

9. Tommy Hanson, 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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Adam Kilgore · September 15, 2012