(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Manager Davey Johnson moved Adam LaRoche to sixth today, a nearly unprecedented reaction to LaRoche’s vicious slump. LaRoche is 0 for his last 22 with 10 strikeouts, and today he will bat sixth for only the second time since the start of the 2012 season. The Reds are throwing red-hot rookie lefty Tony Cingrani, which also explains why Johnson would want to bat Ian Desmond ahead of LaRoche.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Anthony Rendon, 3B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Ross Detwiler, SP


1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF

2. Zack Cozart, SS

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Jay Bruce, RF

7. Xavier Paul, LF

8. Corky Miller, C

9. Tony Cingrani, SP