LaRoche not in Nats lineup, Harper hitting cleanup (with Dodgers lineup)

Davey Johnson has done some more tinkering to his lineup for the first game of the second half, and one of the moves makes me wonder if something’s up.

Adam LaRoche is not in the Nationals lineup today. Chad Tracy will instead play first base.

The Nats are facing Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco today, and Tracy (like LaRoche) is a left-handed hitter, so it’s not as if Johnson is taking LaRoche out as some sort of platoon. The first game after the All-Star break, LaRoche just isn’t in the lineup against a righty.

Interesting. I’ll obviously pass along more when I know it.

Denard Span is back at the top of the Nats order today, after getting dropped to seventh in the final game of the first half. Bryce Harper will hit cleanup, Ryan Zimmerman will bat third and Jayson Werth is in the lineup batting fifth after fouling a ball off his foot in the first-half finale in Miami.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Chad Tracy
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Stephen Strasburg

For the Dodgers
LF Carl Crawford
RF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
SS Aramis Ramirez
CF Andre Ethier
C A.J. Ellis
3B Juan Uribe
2B Mark Ellis
RHP Ricky Nolasco

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