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Nationals-Giants discussion thread: Game 46

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The Nationals will try to snap out of their offensive malaise tonight with a reconfigured lineup. They have received little production from the No. 2 spot in Jayson Werth’s absence. Tonight, Manager Davey Johnson moved his best hitter, Bryce Harper, to the two spot.

“I had thought about it,” Johnson said. “It was funny. I was having a little conversation with Harper and Denard Span [in the dugout]. I was coming in from extra hitting. Getting thoughts from them. Harper said he and [Ryan Zimmerman] were talking about the lineup, maybe moving back to last year with Harper hitting second. I said, ‘If you guys are good for it, I’m good for it.’ ”

The drawback is putting two lefties together at the top of the order, but both Span and Harper have shown the ability to hit left-handers should Bruce Bochy match up late in the game.  They’ll try to give Stephen Strasburg some runs against Matt Cain. Talk about the game right here.

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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