Rare day off for LaRoche, Moore starts at first

For the first time since May 7, the last day of a four-game stretch in which he was sidelined by an oblique injury, Adam LaRoche is not in the Nationals’ lineup.

LaRoche will get the day off today, while rookie Tyler Moore will make his first career start at first base.

First base is Moore’s natural position, but he’s strictly played the outfield during his time with the Nats, largely because LaRoche has been a mainstay in the Nats’ lineup at first.

Also, on a side note, Bryce Harper delivered quite possibly the best quote of his brief major league tenure last night when asked by a Toronto reporter whether he planned to have a postgame beer, since he is of legal drinking age in Canada.

Harper’s response: “That’s a clown question, bro.”

Nicely handled.

Here are the lineups for today’s game:

For the Nationals

LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
DH Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinsoa
1B Tyler Moore
CF Rick Ankiel
C Jesus Flores
P Stephen Strasburg

For the Blue Jays
3B Brett Lawrie
CF Colby Rasmus
RF Jose Bautista
1B Edwin Encarnacion
DH David Cooper
SS Yunel Escobar
2B Kelly Johnson
C J.P. Arencibia
LF Rajai Davis
P Kyle Drabek

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