The Washington Times - April 27, 2011, 02:19PM

After clubbing two home runs on Tuesday night, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has catcher Wilson Ramos in the starting lineup for the third straight night tonight — the first time all season that Ramos has played three consecutive games.

The Nationals have said from the start that they would, at some point this season, begin the transition from Ivan Rodriguez and Ramos sharing time at the position to Ramos as the team’s every day starter. Ramos, who is hitting .378 with a .440 on-base percentage in 14 games this season, has made it difficult for the Nationals to keep him out of the lineup. 


Riggleman had said previously that the exception to the ever-other-day routine that Ramos and Rodriguez were in would be when the Nationals face a left-handed starting pitcher and then Ramos would almost certainly get the start, regardless of who played the previous day. But the Nationals faced a left-hander on Monday night in Pittsburgh and Ramos was back in there on Tuesday against right-handed Chris Young, and again today against right-hander R.A. Dickey. 

Otherwise it’s a pretty standard lineup for the Nationals as they look to halt a two-game losing skid. Ian Desmond remains out of the lineup on paternity leave after the birth of his son, Grayson, Tuesday afternoon.

Here are the full lineups:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Michael Morse LF
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Alex Cora SS
Tom Gorzelanny P


Jose Reyes SS
Justin Turner 2B
David Wright 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Jason Bay LF
Ike Davis 1B
Scott Hairston CF
Mike Nickeas C
R.A. Dickey P