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Bernadina to start, Brown joins bench

Jul 23, 2012, 10:39 PM EST

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Corey Brown was hitting .300 with 21 homers and 58 RBI at Class AAA Syracuse.

NEW YORK — Ian Desmond’s placement on the disabled list has a domino effect throughout the Nationals’ lineup. Obviously, Danny Espinosa takes over at shortstop, with Steve Lombardozzi moving to second base.

But who takes the lineup spot Lombardozzi had been occupying for months? Enter Roger Bernadina.

The 28-year-old outfielder, who has bounced in and out of the Nationals’ lineup for three years, gets another shot at a regular gig. Manager Davey Johnson said today he hopes Bernadina can continue his recent hot streak at the plate — he’s 11 for his last 19, raising his batting average to .291 in the process — and will start in center field against right-handers.

Tyler Moore, meanwhile, will start in left field against left-handers, bumping Bryce Harper to center field and Michael Morse to right field.
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  1. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Here's hoping Roger can keep it going, if only for another couple of months.

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  3. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Corey's got the big bat this year be nice to see what he can do.

  4. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Why davey? Why take drew out? Now look what u did.

  5. SonnyG10 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    I hope Corey gets sufficient at-bats to see what we've got. Not just isolated pinch hit ABs, it would be nice if he started a game and got four or five at bats together.

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