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Johnson consistent with Nationals' lineup

Johnson consistent with Nationals' lineup

Johnson consistent with Nationals' lineup
ANAHEIM -- After talking on Monday about keeping a consistent starting lineup, manager Davey Johnson did exactly that on Tuesday against the Angels.

Managing in his second game with Washington, Johnson stayed with an identical lineup from Monday's game.

Roger Bernadina stayed in the leadoff spot with Lance Nix in the four hole and Matt Stairs in the eight spot as the designated hitter.

"If it fits good enough for one right-hander, it fits good enough for another," Johnson said, with the Angels sending Joel Pineiro on Tuesday one day after Ervin Santana. "I don't want them to think that just because we lose a ballgame that I don't have any faith in the lineup."

Johnson even said that when the Nats face a left-hander, which won't be for at least four more games, the left-handed bat of Bernadina could still be at the top of the lineup.

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"I like what I am seeing out of Bernadina and his approach," Johnson said. "I'm looking for him to play against left-handers."

When it comes to what the lineup will look like Friday when Washington squares off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, one thing will be certain -- no starting pitcher will be batting in the eighth spot.

"I'm not saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it is going to be hard to teach that one to me," said Johnson.

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