The Washington Times - May 10, 2011, 03:20PM

ATLANTA — The Nationals will open a three-game series tonight in Atlanta with a pretty standard lineup against the Braves and right-hander Tim Hudson. The only notable aspect is that Michael Morse, who was nursing a sore right knee for the past week and is also right-handed, will sit in favor of left-handed Laynce Nix in left field.

The move could be just so the Nationals can get as many left-handed hitters in the lineup against Hudson as they can but it may also be related to the knee soreness. We’ll find out when we talk to manager Jim Riggleman this afternoon.


Jason Marquis is looking for his 100th career victory and, if he gets it tonight, it will probably be a special moment for the right-hander, who began his career in Atlanta and played here from 2000-2003.

Here are the full lineups:


Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Laynce Nix LF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Jason Marquis P


Martin Prado LF
Jason Heyward RF
Chipper Jones 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Nate McLouth CF
Diory Hernandez SS
Tim Hudson P