Desmond up to second vs. lefty: today's lineups

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Facing their third left-hander in the last five games, manager Jim Riggleman is continuing to do exactly what he said he would with his new lineup: no major alterations but Roger Bernadina drops to the ninth spot and Ian Desmond moves up to second.

Only five of the current Nationals have ever faced Seattle lefty Erik Bedard but after almost three straight seasons lost to injury, Bedard is back to full health and pitching like it.

Matt Stairs: 2-for-8, 1 BB

Ivan Rodriguez: 4-for-7, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 2 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-5, 1 K

Jayson Werth: 0-for-2, 1 K

Ryan Zimmerman: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K

Here’s the lineup he’ll face as the Nationals go for their 10th win in their last 11 games:

Nationals:

Jayson Werth RF
Ian Desmond SS
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Wilson Ramos C
Jerry Hairston Jr. LF
John Lannan P
Roger Bernadina CF

Mariners:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brendan Ryan SS
Justin Smoak 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Greg Halman LF
Chone Figgins 3B
Jack Wilson 2B
Erik Bedard 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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