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It was Bryce Harper's night and a big crowd came out to Nationals Park on a Monday in part to snag one of his bobble head dolls. But Ryan Zimmerman, the man who already switched positions once with Harper out of the lineup - and did so again upon his return - was the real star in a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Lineup cards are a baseball manager's game plan, except it is tacked up there for all the world to see, typically 3½ hours before the game is even played. It's the twin document, along with the box score, of the daily tradition of baseball, year in and year out. Opposing managers might want to be careful handling the Nationals lineup cards — they could be bloody.
Ryan Zimmerman was back in familiar territory at third base last night, and looked quite comfortable making a pair of tough plays.
Both Matt Williams and Bryce Harper had interesting thoughts on the Nats' lineup moving forward, now that everyone is healthy.
After nine weeks out following surgery to repair a torn left thumb ligament, Harper assumed his customary spot in left field for the Washington Nationals against the Colorado Rockies. But that sent Ryan Zimmerman and his arthritic right shoulder back to third base, which spun Anthony Rendon over to second and deflected second baseman Danny Espinosa to the bench.
For the first time in three months, the Nationals took the field tonight feeling like a complete ball club again. And the results looked great.
Matt Williams says he has a plan in place for Bryce Harper's return (likely on Monday) and how it will affect Ryan Zimmerman and others in the Nationals' lineup.
The Nationals had a chance to take a big early lead on the Cubs but couldn't take advantage and wound up losing their third straight game.
Zimmerman's willingness to pick up a glove and play wherever the Nationals need him is his defining moment as a leader on this team — and perhaps the rallying cry for Washington this summer.