Morgan slides to second, Guzman leadoff

Morgan slides to second, Guzman leadoff

HOUSTON -- Washington manager Jim Riggleman shuffled his lineup slightly for Monday's game in Houston.

Riggleman moved center fielder Nyjer Morgan, his traditional leadoff man, down to No. 2 in the batting order. Second baseman Cristian Guzman batted first for the Nationals and led off the game with a double and later scored on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly.

"It's just to give him a different feel," Riggleman said of batting Morgan second. "I've done this a couple of times. He hasn't been getting on base. They're slightly under the radar this way."

After a solid April, Morgan did not hit well in May. Going into Monday's game, he batted .202 for the month and scored just nine runs in 26 games.

"If he's pressing, that's his makeup," Riggleman said. "There's nothing you can do about it other than play yourself out of it."