The Washington Times - April 9, 2011, 03:29PM

NEW YORK — The Nationals are facing a left-handed starting pitcher for the first time this season, thus producing a lineup that Jim Riggleman had yet to use in its entirety.

Michael Morse gets the start at first base, his first of the year, in place of Adam LaRoche and Jerry Hairston Jr. starts in left field. Interesting to see Riggleman stick with Rick Ankiel this afternoon as he’s not particulary strong against left-handers with a .234 career average against them.

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Nationals:

Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Rick Ankiel CF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jerry Hairston Jr. LF
Tom Gorzelanny P

Mets:

Jose Reyes SS
Angel Pagan CF
David Wright 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Scott Hairston LF
Ike Davis 1B
Chin-lung Hu 2B
Mike Nickeas C
Chris Capuano P