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Game 30: Nats at Pirates

May 9, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Lefties Ross Detwiler and Erik Bedard square off tonight at PNC Park.

PITTSBURGH — With his lineup struggling to score runs, and with left-hander Erik Bedard on the mound for the Pirates tonight, Davey Johnson is going to trot out as many right-handed hitters as he can. That means Tyler Moore gets to make his second career start in left field, with veteran Xavier Nady in right field.

That also means Bryce Harper, a left-handed batter, will shift into center field. Pretty amazing how much he's been able to bounce around between positions. This is his 10th big-league game, during which time he's made six starts in left field, three starts in center field and one start in right field.

Ross Detwiler takes the mound for the Nationals in search of his team-leading fourth win. If he's fortunate to be given a lead late, it'll be interesting to see how Johnson handles the back end of the bullpen in the wake of Henry Rodriguez's ninth-inning meltdown from last night. The hunch here: Rodriguez still gets the ball in a save situation.

Check back for updates throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (18-11)
SS Ian Desmond
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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209 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Rangers score with 50 seconds to go…2-1 craps

  2. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    first 12, Nats are 9-3Last 12, Nats are 4-8Will the real Nats team please begin again.

  3. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Not tonight, folks – a serving of humble pie. Their bullpen should be toast – let's avoid the sweep. Caps won!

  4. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Caps, Caps, Caps, Caps, Caps

  5. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    We make too many mistakes – at the plate and in the field (the ones on the mound don't cost us nearly as much or as frequently as the other two) to win close ballgames. Just lost our second series of the year, but I have a sinking feeling we will start to lose a lot more as teams know we can't hit breaking balls. Hoping for .500 ball until Morse gets back. At least the Caps beat the whiny rangers.

  6. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Don't stay up late tonight Davey…Don't overthink it, we need a win bad. go with the averages as Rizzo calls em.LomboHarperZimmLaRocheDesmondTraceyAnkielRamos

  7. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    On the postgame show, Ray Knight just said "Too many strikeouts. There's just no reason this happens year after year after year." (He went on to say they were not home run hitters but were swinging like they were.) Oh Ray, I'm pretty sure I know the reason: 3 managers, many lineups, one hitting coach. I'm just saying. My next T-shirt to wear to Nats Park will have "Fire The Hitting Coach" on the back.

  8. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Ray Knight for hitting coachEEO= Edge Eck Out

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 10, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Another team lost. Strrarting pitcher is relatively effective, but the fielders were pathetic overall, and The hitters are just rediculous as awhole with RISP, Some hitter needs to take leadership here. The real leader in the clubhouse is Werth he needs to be on th bench and in the clubhouse.

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