LOS ANGELES -- About an hour after he arrived at Dodger Stadium, Nationals slugger Tyler Moore found himself in the starting lineup, hitting sixth and playing left field in his Major League debut.
Jayson Werth, who was scheduled to start the game in right field, was a late scratch because of a severe migraine headache, which he suffered after he arrived at the ballpark. He was better by the seventh inning and could have entered the game as a pinch-hitter, but manager Davey Johnson didn't want to take any chances.
"When I got here, I didn't feel so hot," Werth said. "I pulled it together by the seventh inning. I dressed, came out in case they needed me. I still didn't feel very good. But during an emergency, I think I could have been used."
Werth has struggled in his last nine games, going 4-for-30 (.133), while Moore, who is ranked No. 14 on MLB.com's list of Top 20 Nationals prospects, was hitting .286 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs for Triple-A Syracuse.
With Moore, who went 1-for-3, in the lineup, Bryce Harper was moved from left to center field, and Xavier Nady started in right.