The Washington Times - May 20, 2011, 03:09PM

BALTIMORE — With the Nationals facing the first of three straight right-handed pitchers, Laynce Nix is slotted into left field and, in an attempt to break up the left-handers, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has once again given Jayson Werth the start at cleanup.

Nix will bat in front of Werth, just as they did Thursday in New York. While it certainly didn’t do wonders for the Nationals yesterday as they worked to their 19th straight scoreless inning, it’s worth mentioning that Nix had one of the team’s three hits and Werth looked to have a fourth before he was errantly called out at first in the ninth.


Here are the full lineups for the Interleague opener:


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


Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Gruerro DH
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ryan Adams 2B
— Jake Arrieta P