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Werth cleans up, Nix third: today's lineup

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NEW YORK — Perhaps in an effort to ignite his offense any way he can, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has put together a completely new lineup for the Nationals 1:10 p.m. game with the Mets today.

Jayson Werth will hit cleanup for the first time this season — and just the eighth start in that spot in his career. In seven previous starts (nine previous games) as the cleanup hitter, Werth is 7-for-29 (.241) with a .313 on-base percentage and .517 slugging percentage. He’s hit two homers, driven in three runs and walked three times.

With regard to the move, Riggleman said: “Basically if you line your left-handers up together it makes it a little easier for the opposing team to stifle you as you get in the late innings. That’s a primary reason, but also we’re just trying to find some combination there where we can produce more runs.”

Laynce Nix, who gets the start in left field against right-hander Dillon Gee, will bat third, in Werth’s usual spot with Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup and Adam LaRoche will hit fifth.

Here are the full lineups:

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond SS
Laynce Nix LF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Alex Cora 3B
Livan Hernandez P

Mets:

Jose Reyes SS
Josh Thole C
Carlos Beltran RF
Jason Bay LF
Daniel Murphy 1B
Justin Turner 3B
Jason Pridie CF
Ruben Tejada 2B
Dillon Gee 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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