Werth hitting cleanup in return to Nationals

BOSTON - Left fielder Jayson Werth will hit cleanup in his return to the Nationals. Manager Matt Williams slotted Werth, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list this morning, into the fourth spot in the lineup for today’s afternoon game at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.

werth-gray-swing-sidebar.jpgFirst baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has hit cleanup in each of the Nationals’ previous six games this season, drops to fifth in the lineup. He is struggling, starting the season 3-for-26 (.130).

Clint Robinson’s early-season success has earned him a start as the designated hitter - remember, it’s an interleague game and the home opener for the Red Sox - and will hit sixth. That bumps shortstop Ian Desmond into the seven-hole.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Nationals.

Ex-National Sandy Leon gets the start behind the plate for the Red Sox. You can bet Boston hitters are leaning heavily on Leon for a scouting report on Zimmermann.

For the Nationals:

CF Michael A. Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
1B Ryan Zimmerman
DH Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa

RHP Jordan Zimmermann

For the Red Sox:

CF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
LF Hanley Ramirez
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Mike Napoli
RF Shane Victorino
SS Xander Bogaerts
C Sandy Leon

RHP Rick Porcello

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