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Werth dropped to sixth, Morse back at 1B: today's lineups

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When Tom Gorzelanny pitched in Chicago two weeks ago, a gutsy performance that spared the bullpen any real workload one night after it was taxed for seven innings of work, he talked about his hometown as “the greatest city in the world.”

Tonight he’ll be pitching in Washington but it may still be a start that holds a little extra sentimental value for Gorzelanny as he faces the team that traded him to Washington this offseason in the Chicago Cubs.

He’ll do so with the Nationals first all-regular lineup since last Friday as Nationals manager Davey Johnson has worked to put things together while dealing with several players with nagging injuries. Michael Morse, who missed the last three games after taking a fastball off his left forearm Saturday night, was back in the lineup hitting fifth and playing first base.

Jayson Werth, who is hitting .161 since June 1 with a .296 on-base percentage and a .268 slugging percentage — with 33 strikeouts, was dropped to sixth in the lineup for the first time this season. It is the lowest spot in the lineup Werth has started a game this season, a move that perhaps speaks to both the fact that all five guys hitting ahead of him in the lineup have been swinging the bats well as well as to his own struggle.

Johnson said Tuesday night, after Werth went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, grounded into a double play and left six men on base himself, that he felt the right fielder has “bottomed out.” We’ll see if his new spot in the lineup can help him start climbing.

Here are the full lineups:

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina CF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Laynce Nix LF
Michael Morse 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Wilson Ramos C
Ian Desmond SS
Tom Gorzelanny P

Cubs:

Reed Johnson RF
Starlin Castro SS
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Geovany Soto C
Carlos Pena 1B
Marlon Byrd CF
Alfonso Soriano LF
Darwin Barney 2B
Randy Wells P

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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