- Associated Press - Monday, October 6, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Manager Matt Williams stayed with his regular lineup with the Washington Nationals one loss from elimination, while not ruling out using Ryan Zimmerman in a key moment as a pinch hitter.

Zimmerman is 3 for 17 against Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco’s Game 3 starter Monday in the NL Division Series, and Williams wanted his best defense behind Doug Fister. Zimmerman’s health didn’t factor into the decision but rather that some Nationals left-handed hitters have had success against 18-game winner and lefty Bumgarner.

Zimmerman, recovering from a torn right hamstring, is one of the club’s best right-handed hitters but the veteran third baseman and outfielder was limited to 61 games this season because of the hamstring.

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