Monday lineups (and a couple minor league awards)

Good afternoon from Nationals Park. First, here are the lineups for the opening game of the Nationals-Royals series:


Podsednik - LF
Kendall - C
DeJesus - CF
Butler - 1B
Guillen - RF
Callaspo - 3B
Aviles - 2B
Betancourt - SS
Chen - P


Morgan - CF
Guzman - 2B
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - 1B
Willingham - LF
Rodriguez - C
Morse - RF
Desmond - SS
Hernandez - P

Also, the Nationals announced this afternoon that Double-A Harrisburg shortstop Danny Espinosa was named the Eastern League’s player of the week, as was Single-A Hagerstown first baseman Justin Bloxom in the South Atlnatic League. Espinosa hit .448 last week with four homers and 12 RBI, and Bloxom batted .548 with four homers and 17 RBI.

Finally, a quick thought: Is a series between the Nationals and Royals the most nationalistic-sounding matchup in baseball? Democracy meets constitutional monarchy - tonight on MASN!