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May 19, 2011

Could the next shakeup in the Marlins lineup involve Chris Coghlan?

For 40 games this season it felt like the Marlins were living a charmed life -- 13 come-from-behind wins, 12 one-run wins and a 24-16, franchise-best matching start. 

After back-to-back losses at home against the lowly Cubs (to starting pitchers with ERAs well above 7.00), the charm may be wearing off a bit. The Marlins stranded 22 runners in the series and were 1-for-9 Thursday with runners in scoring position, a continuing trend that wasn't a problem early on this season. The Marlins, who came in hitting .266 with runners in scoring position (Ninth best in the majors), have gone 9-for-54 with RISP since leaving for Washington last week (.166).

So is another potential shake up to the lineup in store? "At this point I have to sit down and think about that one," Rodriguez said after Thursday's loss. "The best three hitters are in the middle of the order. [Emilio] Bonifacio might be leading off but where are we going to play Boni? It's a matter of [Chris] Coghlan and Hanley [Ramirez] swinging the bat better. If we want to win those two guys have to start swinging the bat better."

Thursday, Ramirez picked up two hits, his second straight game with two base knocks. Coghlan finished 0-for-5. Since taking himself out of the lineup April 27 against the Dodgers with a shoulder injury, Coghlan has gone just 13 for his last 77, dropping his average all the way down to .238.

VOLSTAD IS HEALTHY: For those of you wondering why Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad was taken out after just five innings and 71 pitches Thursday, Rodriguez was simply his way of trying to find some offense.

"At that point we had only one or two hits," Rodriguez said. "It was a tough call for me. He was throwing the ball good, keeping us in the game. But we were looking for offense."

Scott Cousins, who went in to pinch hit for Volstad to open the bottom of the fifth, struck out. He's now hitting .167 on the season.

Volstad, who gave up just four hits and three earned runs, said he felt pretty good Thursday, maybe his best all year.

"It's just the way the National League is, circumstances," said Volstad, who fell to 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in eight starts.

"I don't want to come out after throwing 120. It's no different. I want to stay in the game as long as I can. That's the way it goes. We have to get something going. The pitcher isn't the one who usually does that at the plate."

Still, Volstad said, he wouldn't have minded going a few more. "I felt great actually, as good as I've felt," he said. "The one pitch to [Marlon] Byrd, he hit out. Other than that, I had nine ground balls, five strikeouts. I think my strike outs are getting up there. I'm in the zone, not falling behind too many guys. Definitely in the right direction. One pitch here or there. Same start last start. One pitch to [Roger] Bernadina. I'm feeling really good. Bottomline is that."

Mike Stanton showing off more than just his power in month of May

Mike Stanton's six home runs in May have been a nice lift for the Marlins, especially after injuries caused him to get off to such a slow start in April.

Mike Stanton But it's more than Stanton's big blasts that have the Marlins feeling better about the 21-year old slugger. It's performances like Wednesday's 2-for-3 effort against the Cubs, in which Stanton had a hard single up the middle and a run-scoring grounder through the hole into left that makes them believe he's turning the corner as a pure hitter.

"He's staying on the ball," said veteran Wes Helms, whose locker is right across from Stanton's in the Marlins clubhouse.

"He went through a period there where he was pulling off the ball. He was creating space between his head and his back shoulder. Now, he's putting that head down into the hitting zone. That's why he's driving the ball, seeing hits to center field. He's just missed some homers to left center and center. He's just gotten under them. Earlier in the year, he was hitting ground balls or striking out. So, he's right there where he needs to be. He's staying on the ball, trying to drive the ball up the middle and that's what you want your power hitter to do."

After hitting just .235 with two homers, nine RBI and 23 strikeouts in 68 at-bats in April, Stanton went into Thursday's game against the Cubs hitting .290 in May with six homers, 11 RBI and 15 strikeouts in 62 at-bats. Over his last six games, he's hit .429 with three homers and six RBI.

Helms said the turnaround started in St. Louis, when he hit a line drive home run into Big Mac Land in left field and said Stanton has been progressively getting better since.

"We want him to become a good hitter first," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "Then, the power will show."

> The Marlins matched a season-high with three steals Wednesday against the Cubs, raising their season total to 20 stolen bases (25th in the majors).

"Stealing bases is not a big part of this team," Rodriguez said. "We might hit and run and go first to third, but we don't really have that base stealing threat in the lineup. That's not a big part of us."

The more troubling part of the equation, perhaps, are the 16 times the Marlins have been caught stealing, tied for second most in baseball. Last year, the Marlins stole 92 bases and were caught just 26 times, a success rate of 78 percent (sixth best in MLB).

So what's a good percentage for Rodriguez? "I would say 75 percent, 80 percent. If you go 60 percent, that means you are being thrown out 4 times out of 10. That's not good production."

Rodriguez maintains the only player who has a green light to steal bases for the Marlins is Hanley Ramirez, who stole his ninth base Wednesday (he's been caught five times.

"He knows the pitching counts, when to go on certain pitch counts," Rodriguez said. "Other than that, we have Coghlan and [Emilio] Bonifacio who are still learning the running situations. They have the speed, but they don't have the feel of when to run."

> Logan Morrison made his third error of the season Wednesday in left field, matching his season total from a year ago (62 games) in just 20 games this season.

So could the streaker who was arrested moments earlier have led to Morrison misplaying the ball hit off the bat off Starlin Castro in the fifth inning?

"I definitely got rattled by that," Morrison said. "I don't know if it caused me to make the error, but I definitely got rattled."

> Rodriguez said setup man Clay Hensley, scheduled to come off the disabled list Sunday, pitched three innings of relief in extended spring training action in Jupiter Wednesday.

"He was supposed to throw 20 pitches and they were swinging at everything. He made nine outs," Rodriguez said. "They kept sending him out there. I was like bring that here, whatever he's doing there."

Marlins send Volstad to the mound trying to snap five game losing streak to Cubs

Chris Volstad hasn't exactly gotten off to a stellar start in his fourth season in the Marlins rotation.

The 24-year old right hander is 2-2 with a 5.77 ERA that ranks 82nd among National League starters. The good news for the Marlins, however, is that when Volstad pitches they usually win. The Marlins are 5-2 with Volstad on the mound, a .714 winning percentage that is tops on the team.

Part of it of course has to with run support. Only Javi Vazquez receives more (8.47) than Volstad (7.85).

But here's a look at the Marlins record when their other starters pitch and their level of run support: Josh Johnson (6-3, 5.37). Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 6.64), Anibal Sanchez (4-4, 5.07) and Vazquez (4-4).

The Cubs will send struggling right-hander Casey Coleman (1-3, 7.22 ERA) to the mound to face Volstad. Coleman is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four starts. But the Fort Myers native earned beat the Marlins the last time he faced them, picking up his second major league win last season by yielding three runs and five hits over six innings on Sept. 18 at Sun Life Stadium. That 5-3 victory led the Cubs to an eventual sweep a three-game set.

The Cubs and Marlins enter this game tied 74-all in their all-time series.

THURSDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Hanley Ramirez SS, 3. Logan Morrison LF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Greg Dobbs 3B, 6. Mike Stanton RF, 7. John Buck C, 9. Omar Infante 2B, 9. Chris Volstad P

> Cubs: 1. Kosuke Fukudome RF, 2. Darwin Barney 2B, 3. Starlin Castro SS, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3B, 5. Carlos Pena 1B, 6. Marlon Byrd CF, 7. Reed Johnson LF, 8. Koyie Hill C, 9. Casey Coleman P

May 18, 2011

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez still scratching his head over series in New York

The Marlins trip to New York this week wasn't supposed to last very long -- two games in two days at Citi Field before a return trip home to open tonight's two-game series at Sun Life Stadium versus the Cubs.

But for Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez and his team, it "felt like we spent five days in New York and only played one game."

The Marlins are still scratching their heads as to why Tuesday's game in New York was postponed and Monday's was not. "First time I've seen that," Rodriguez said. "You play when it rains and don't when it doesn't rain."

According to major league rules, home teams -- and not umpires -- have say as to when games are called before first pitch (only as long as there a possibility of a return trip later in the season).

Monday, it was still raining about an hour before pitch and the field was in poor condition. Rodriguez said he expressed his concerns to the umpires when he was told the game was on, telling them he thought the field was unplayable.

"What they took into consideration to call that game? I don't know," Rodriguez said. The umpires said it wasn't their call. It was basically the GM and the organization's call. So, they said we'll see what happens, start the game and see how far we can go. I expressed my concern about having JJ on the mound and playing three innings."

The Marlins ended up winning 2-1 in the 11th inning on Burke Badenhop's RBI single.

Tuesday's rain out, announced shortly after 5 p.m. (two hours before first pitch) was called by the Mets because the forecast in New York was calling for rain at about a 60 to 70 percent chance. But a single drop didn't fall while the Marlins were still at the ballpark. In fact, the Marlins didn't see any rain at all, even as they boarded their flight home to Miami at around 8:30 p.m.

According to the writers who stayed in New York overnight, rain didn't begin to fall near CitiField until after midnight.

"They said it was coming at some point," Rodriguez said of the rain. "I guess it never did."

Coincidentally, the Mets, who have been riddled with injuries, had eight players called up from Triple A Buffalo and on the roster for Tuesday's game. Wednesday, they sent third baseman David Wright to the disabled list.

Could the Mets have been ducking the Marlins on purpose? Rodriguez wouldn't answer that question.

Tuesday's postponed game has been scheduled for July 18 at 7:10 p.m., following a four game series in Chicago to open the second half of the season. The next night, the Marlins open a three-game series at home against the Padres before hosting the Mets. The Marlins have two more trips to New York after that (Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1).

"The tough part now is we have to go there on a day off and play there," Rodriguez said. Then again, it is what it is. We had no say in what happens."

Hanley Ramirez isn't the only guy struggling at the top of the order. On the Marlins' 3-1 road trip, their first three hitters went a combined 6 for 56 with 13 strikeouts, four walks and two RBI. One of those hits and RBI belongs to Badenhop, who hit first late in the game on a double switch.

"It is a concern," Rodriguez said. "How long is the pitching going to keep us there? Because it's the pitching that has us playing the way we've been playing and keeping us in the game. So, I would like to see more offense from [Chris] Coghlan, from Hanley obviously, John Buck, even [Omar] Infante. We would like to see some offense so we can take some pressure off the rotation and the bullpen."

Coghlan was hitting .297 before he pulled himself out of the lineup April 27. Since then, he's gone 12 for 67 (.179) with four RBI, eight walks, 10 strikeouts, two stolen bases.

"I'm not worried about him," Rodriguez said. "I think he hit the ball hard about three times every game [in Washington], but right at people. In New York, he also had two hard hit balls right at people. So, I'm not concerned about that."

> Rodriguez said setup man Clay Hensley, on the disabled list with a bruised left rib, is scheduled to pitch one inning, 20 pitches for Single A Jupiter tonight and will pitch the same amount on Friday. "Hopefully everything goes right so he can join the club on Sunday," Rodriguez said.

> Infielder Donnie Murphy, on the disabled list since May 2 with right wrist inflammation, is fielding and throwing, but still feeling soreness when he swings. "Right now, it would take a little while for him," Rodriguez said.

WEDNESDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Hanley Ramirez SS, 3. Logan Morrison LF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Greg Dobbs 3B, 6. Mike Stanton RF, 7. John Buck C, 8. Omar Infante 2B, 9. Ricky Nolasco RHP.

> Cubs: 1. Kosuke Fukudome RF, 2. Darwin Barney 2B, 3. Starlin Castro SS, 4. Aramis Ramiez 3B, 5. Carlos Pena 1B, 6. Marlon Byrd CF, 7. Alfonso Soriano LF, 8. Koyie Hill C, 9. Ryan Dempster RHP. 

May 17, 2011

Hanley Ramirez: "I Would Have Pitched To Myself Too"

    NEW YORK -- First things first. Tonight's Marlins/Mets game has been called due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

    Now, back to business. Say one thing for Hanley Ramirez. He remains humble despite a horrific slump that has his average sitting at .204 after an 0 for 6 performance Monday night at Citi Field.

    In the ninth inning of that game, the Mets walked Chris Coghlan with first base open and the go-ahead run at second, choosing instead to take their chances with Ramirez.

     Said Ramirez: "I would have pitched to myself, too. They know that I am not swing good right now. So they go, 'Let's pitch to him.'"

     Ramirez also said he has no qualms with manager Edwin Rodriguez's decision to bat him in the second spot, a move designed to put some life in his anemic bat.

     "Everything's going to turn around soon," Ramirez predicted. "Hanley's going to be back."

May 16, 2011

Hanley Ramirez moved to No. 2 spot in order (w/video)

      NEW YORK -- After weeks of contemplation, manager Edwin Rodriguez has decided to make a lineup move involving his slumping shortstop, Hanley Ramirez. Rodriguez moved Ramirez to the No. 2 spot in the order, just ahead of Logan Morrison.

      Whether anyone actually gets to see the new lineup in action tonight remains to be seen as the tarp is out at Citi Field, where it is raining lightly.

       Rodriguez said he has been discussing the move with Ramirez for a couple of weeks. In announcing it to reporters on Monday, the manager spun it in a couple of different directions, saying part of the decison rested on not batting John Buck in the No. 8 hole. Rodriguez would prefer Omar Infante to hit in that spot.

       But there is little doubt that the changes were made with Ramirez in mind. Ramirez began the day with a .213 average and met privately with Rodriguez in the manager's office before the lineup was posted in the clubhouse.

       "I've been talking to Hanley about it," Rodriguez said. "I feel with LoMo back, it's time to do it."

       Rodriguez said he gave some thought to dropping Ramirez as low as the sixth spot, but decided he preferred him closer to the top of the order. Ramirez has started in the No. 2 hole 17 times in his career, all during his rookie season in 2006, and hit .233 from that position.

       "I like to see Hanley coming up in the first inning because he can create so many things when he's on base," Rodriguez said. "If I hit Hanley sixth or seventh hole and gets on base, he steals a base, then they walk the eighth hitter and we don't get that offensive part of our game going. He's an RBI guy, so I don't want to make too many changes."

       Ramirez sent word through the Marlins media relations director that he didn't want to make a big deal over the change and deferred all questions about the move until after the game.

       Listen to Rodriguez discuss the lineup change:

       Lineup:

       Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Omar Infante, 2b; 9. Josh Johnson, p.

May 15, 2011

Marlins don't have many enticing options to replace Vazquez

WASHINGTON -- Javi Vazquez's run of troubling starts continued against the Nationals Sunday.

The 35-year old veteran gave up a season-high six earned runs -- all in the first inning -- as the Nationals batted around and produced six hits before pitcher Jason Marquis was thrown out at third base to end the inning. Vazquez has given up first inning runs in all eight of his starts this season and has a first inning ERA of 15.25. His overall ERA? Not much better, up to 7.55 from 6.88 after four innings of work Sunday.

Vazquez's last three innings Sunday weren't bad. He gave up just one hit, and retired eight in a row before Marquis got another hit off him. Vazquez walked Roger Bernadina, but struckout Danny Espinosa to end the inning. He was pinch hit for in the fifth by Ozzie Martinez.

But the question is: Have the Marlins seen enough? They signed Vazquez to a one-year, $7 million deal thinking his rough season in New York in 2010 would become a speed bump with a return to the National League. That obviously hasn't happened.

So who could the Marlins replace Vazquez with? Truth is there aren't many enticing options.

Down in New Orleans, three possibilities stand out: right-hander Elih Villanueva, who pitched well in spring training and was the organization's pitcher of the year in 2010; right-hander Tom Koehler (4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 7 starts) and right-hander Jay Buente, who has gone from relieving to starting the last five games and looking halfway decent.

Most figure Villanueva would be the first option. But he's 4-3 with a 5.67 ERA in eight starts. On May 8, he got tagged by Iowa for four home runs and seven earned runs in a loss. 

Koehler, a former 18th round pick in the 2008 Draft, pitched eight scoreless innings his last time out on May 11. He gave up five hits, two walks and struckout five. 

Buente, a 14th round pick in the 2006 draft, came up and saw action with the Marlins last season. He made eight appearances, but racked up a 6.55 ERA. In his last five starts in New Orleans, though, he's gone 3-0 with 1.91 ERA in 33 innings of work. Before this season, he had four career starts in the minors.

Left-hander Sean West, who pitched for the Marlins plenty in 2009 but struggled in 2010, injured his shoulder in his first start. After the game, the Marlins said West was a week to 10 days away from pitching in a game.

Alex Sanabia, who pitched for the Marlins in 2010, is out with an elbow injury. 

Will Jose Ceda get a call up? Plus Baker, Dominguez, Hensley updates

WASHINGTON -- Leo Nunez isn't the only pitcher in the organization leading the league in saves.

Jose Ceda Hard throwing Jose Ceda, who came into spring training overweight, has been dominating down in Triple A and leads the Pacific Coast League with 11 saves. The 6-4, 275-pound right hander is 1-1 with a 0.53 ERA and in 17 innings of relief has given up just nine hits and one earned run, striking out 20 and walking five.

So is there a chance Ceda come up and strengthen a Marlins bullpen that already owns the second-lowest bullpen ERA in the majors (2.56) and the major league leader in saves in Nunez (14)?

"Oh, I don't know," Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said Sunday. "The guys up here are doing okay. We've got a few relievers down there doing a nice job. [Jhan] Mranez in Double A (0-2, 3.07 ERA), [Steve] Cishek who was here for a day [from Triple (1-1, 1.89 ERA). The relievers are doing pretty well."

> In other news, catcher John Baker and third baseman Matt Dominguez have been moved up to Double A Jacksonville after spending the past week in Single A Jupiter.

Dominguez, who was given every opportunity in spring training to win the third base job, played in four games and was 3 for 18 in his first action since fracturing his left elbow on April 1. Baker, still trying to come back from Tommy John surgery, played in four games and went 0 for 7.

"The plan is to eventually send Matt to Triple [A]," Beinfest said. "I saw [Baker] play in Jupiter, he looked fine. Some days are better than others coming back from Tommy John. He's okay."

> As for setup man Clay Hensley, who was sent to the disabled list on May 7 with a left rib contusion, Beinfest said he threw a bullpen Saturday. "The target [return date] is right around the time he's supposed to." Hensley is scheduled to come off the disabled list next Sunday.

Infante gets first day off since becoming a Marlin

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins will look to close out their first sweep since taking three games from the Pirates back home in April without one of their regular Ironmen in the lineup, second baseman Omar Infante.

With the return of Logan Morrison to the lineup, manager Edwin Rodriguez said Friday he was going to find a way to get both Infante and first baseman Gaby Sanchez a day off at some point. Now, Sanchez is the only player left who will have started every game this season for the Marlins.

> Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Emilio Bonifacio 2B, 3. Hanley Ramirez SS, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Logan Morrison LF, 6. Mike Stanton RF, 7. Greg Dobbs 3B, 8. Brett Hayes C, 9. Javi Vazquez RHP

> Nationals: 1. Roger Bernadina CF, 2. Danny Espinosa 2B, 3. Jayson Werth RF, 4. Laynce Nix LF, 5. Adam LaRoche 1B, 6. Ivan Rodriguez C, 7. Jerry Hairston 3B, 8. Alex Cora SS, 9. Jason Marquis RHP.

May 14, 2011

LoMo to launch 'Get Gaby Sanchez to the All-Star Game campaign' on Twitter

WASHINGTON -- No Marlins player has a bigger following on Twitter than Logan Morrison, who is nearing 25,000 fans. If each of those followers do what LoMo asks of them over the next two months, then Gaby Sanchez might have a real good shot at getting to the All-Star Game.

Gaby Sanchez Before Saturday's game against the Nationals, Morrison sought out two Marlins reporters and delivered the news of his latest social media campaign: Getting fans to vote the Marlins first baseman to the All-Star the game.

Sanchez, a second-year starter, could definitely use the help considering his competition is much more well known -- take reigning MVP Joey Votto, the Phillies Ryan Howard and the Cardinals Albert Pujols to for example. But based on numbers and his defense alone, Sanchez certainly appears deserving through the first month and a half of the season.. 

He currently ranks second among National League first baseman in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.420), slugging percentage (.553) and OPS (.973), trailing only Votto in those categories. He also ranks third in doubles (9) and leads all first basemen in hits (48) and total bases (78). His the Marlins team leader in homers (7) and RBI (25).

So what does Mr. Team first think of LoMo's proposed campaign? "I have to talk to him and tell him not to worry about me," Sanchez said. "It's a very nice thing for him to try to do. But I'm more worried about trying to get to the playoffs than getting me to the All-Star Game.

"It's the team. If we're not all doing well, I can't do anything. The reason I'm getting RBI is because guys are on base. The ability for me to drive in runs. That's the team being on base. I feel like I'm hitting the ball well and I'm feeling good. But it's the team. I can get a hit with no one one, you get nothing out of it."

> Marlins third base coach Joel Espada admitted Saturday he took a bit of a gamble Friday night waving Omar Infante home for what turned out to be the game-winning run, but only after Infante made a tremendous slide to avoid the tag of catcher Wilson Ramos. But if he had to do it over again, Espada said he would have considering it was so late in the game. 

"I would not probably send him in the fifth or seventh inning, but the 11th inning?" Espada said. "They were not holding him on, ball hit into that corner. Werth made a great play. But I said you know what, I'm going to force these guys to make two perfect relay throws -- and they did. Credit to Omar, he made a perfect slide."

Who else would Espada have taken that chance with? "[Emilio Bonifacio], Omar, [Chris] Coghlan, and definitely Hanley [Ramirez]," he said.

> Lost amid the wildness of Friday's win was reliever Randy Choate's ability to escape a bases loaded situation with two outs and the game tied in the ninth. Choate, the Marlins left-handed specialist, came in for Burke Badenhop and was able to retired Andy LaRoche with a groundout to second.

"Not really a situation your looking for with the bases loaded up," Choate said. "But I have a lot of confidence in both my pitches right now, so it's a little easier to attack the hitter when you feel like you can throw both for strikes at any time. I was fortunate enough to get ahead of him. Once I did, he laid off a pretty good slider. I really hadn't shown him any fastballs in any of his at bats, spring training or the one back at home. So, he was a little late on the fastball and I decided to double up on him because I hadn't shown him that many. He kind of rolled over it to second. I just feel pretty good about the way I'm throwing and it makes you more comfortable when you go out there.

Choate has only pitched 6 1/3 innings in 15 appearances. But he's been extremely effective, especially lately. Since giving up his only earned run of the season on a home run to Chipper Jones in Atlanta on April 13, he's given up just two hits, none since April. And of the last 10 batters he's retired in a row, he's struckout seven.

> Greg Dobbs' game-winning double Friday was his fourth game-winning RBI this season, tops on the Marlins.

"Greg Dobbs has been doing an outstanding job for us," Rodriguez said. "He started as a left handed bat off the bench. Now he's getting more playing time. Not only on the field contributions, but also in the clubhouse and off the field. Along with Wes Helms, they're keeping this young team in order."

A collection of 10 different Marlins have delivered game-winning RBI this season. John Buck, Chris Coghlan, Omar Infante and Mike Stanton have done it three times. The Marlins are the only team in the Majors with five players to have at least three game-winning RBI.

> Omar Infante's run of hitting in the bottom of the order appears to be over. Infante, who batted second for the first 28 games of the season, is back in the two-hole Saturday. "He's swinging better, feeling more comfortable," Rodriguez said.

"I think if we want to win, that should be our lineup for the rest of the season. He's a two-hole hitter, perfect two-hole hitter."

> Marlins lineup: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Omar Infante 2B, 3. Hanley Ramirez SS, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Logan Morrison LF, 6. Mike Stanton RF, 7. Greg Dobbs 3B, 8. John Buck C, 9. Anibal Sanchez P.

> Nationals lineup: 1. Roger Bernadina CF, 2. Danny Espinosa 2B, 3. Jayson Werth RF, 4. Laynce Nix LF, 5. Adam LaRoche 1B, 6. Wilson Ramos C, 7. Jerry Hairston 3B, 8. Alex Cora SS, 9. Livan Hernandez RHP.