- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM

Ryan Church has been hitting cleanup for the Nationals for the last month, a product both of his production at the plate and Dmitri Young’s struggles while battling a sore Achilles tendon.

But with Church now slumping a bit and Young on a tear at the plate since returning to the lineup, manager Manny Acta reverted to his old batting order last night.

Young, who is hitting .548 with nine RBI in his last 11 games, batted cleanup for the first time since April 29, while Church, who is hitting just .217 over his last 21 games, was dropped to sixth.

“[Young] has been having the best at-bats for the last three weeks,” Acta said. “Obviously, his Achilles has healed up now. He’s our best hitter right now, and he was our original cleanup hitter, so he’s back in there again.”

QUOTABLE

“Everybody’s a candidate. Everybody’s always a candidate.”

— GM Jim Bowden when asked whether Class AAA right-hander Joel Hanrahan is a candidate to start Saturday night against the Padres

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals LHP Micah Bowie (1-2, 3.91) vs. Dodgers LHP Mark Hendrickson (2-2, 3.62), 7:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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