Bixler starts in LF, Ramos cleans up: today's lineups and how they've done vs. today's starter LHP Chris Narveson

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MILWAUKEE — The Nationals reinstated Rick Ankiel from the disabled list but he didn’t start Tuesday night in Milwaukee as the Nationals begin life with three left-handed outfielders for two spots.

Facing a left-handed starter in Chris Narveson, right-handed Brian Bixler gets the start in left field with Roger Bernadina continuing to start in center and leadoff. This could be an issue the Nationals have to deal with frequently with such a left-handed heavy bench if their roster remains this way for an extended period with LaRoche out and they continue to play Morse, a right-hander, at first.

With Laynce Nix sitting, Jayson Werth will hit third and Wilson Ramos will bat cleanup.

Here are the full lineups:

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Wilson Ramos C
Michael Morse 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jerry Hairston 3B
Brian Bixler LF
Livan Hernandez P

Brewers:

Rickie Weeks 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mark Kotsay CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jonathan Lucroy C
Chris Narveson P

And a look at how the Nationals have done in the past against Narveson:

Roger Bernadina: Never faced

Ian Desmond: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 BB, 3 K

Jayson Werth: 0-for-5, 1 BB, 2 K

Wilson Ramos: 2-for-3 (.667)

Michael Morse: 4-for-7 (.571), 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K

Danny Espinosa: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Brian Bixler: Never faced

Livan Hernandez: Never faced

Others:

Ivan Rodriguez: 1-for-4 (.250)

Laynce Nix: 0-for-1

Rick Ankiel: 1-for-5 (.200), 3 K

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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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