The Washington Times - July 23, 2011, 05:57PM

LOS ANGELES — Earlier this week, after watching on television as his brother Scott went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI for the New York Mets on Saturday, Nationals utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. shook his head when asked by a few reporters how it was that his brother didn’t happen to make it into the Mets’ starting lineup the following day. 

The Nationals’ Hairston didn’t suffer the same fate one night after he gave the Nationals some serious cushion with a ninth-inning grand slam in a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers. Hairston was back in the lineup for his second start since returning from the disabled list on Monday, playing left field and leading off with the Nationals set to face left-hander Ted Lilly in the middle game of the series.


Lilly is 6-10 with a 4.83 ERA this season — numbers that aren’t exactly scaring anyone — but his left-handed status has helped force the Nationals to sub out two of their starting left-handed position players in Laynce Nix and Roger Bernadina. Rick Ankiel will play center field in Bernadina’s place, despite also being left-handed. Since returning from the DL himself, Ankiel has been on a tear, hitting .361 with two homers and four RBI. Since coming off the DL, Ankiel has raised his batting average from .209 to .234.

The Nationals will counter with their own left-hander, Tom Gorzelanny, who will be making his first start since leaving after two innings with a sprained right ankle suffered in a collision at home plate last Sunday with Atlanta catcher Brian McCann.

Here are the full lineups:


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