The Washington Times - April 13, 2011, 06:19PM

I’m filling in tonight for our Nationals beat writer, Amanda Comak, who is taking a well-deserved day off.

Onto the lineups, as Adam LaRoche returns to first base and the cleanup spot after missing Tuesday’s opener. LaRoche tweaked the left side of his groin Sunday and wasn’t pleased to sit.

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“He was real sour,” manager Jim Riggleman said of the reaction to sitting out. “He’s OK. He’s a little tender. But certainly not 100 percent.”

LaRoche told Riggleman he’s dealt with a more serious version of this injury before and knows how to play without making it worse.

“We hope that’s the case,” Riggleman said. “There may be a situation where he’s got to exert quite a bit and we hope he can tone it down enough where he doesn’t pull something there.”

Nationals:

Ian Desmond SS
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Laynce Nix LF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Ivan Rodriguez C
John Lannan P

Phillies:

Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Jimmy Rollins SS
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Wilson Valdez 2B
Roy Halladay P