WASHINGTON -- The names in manager Mike Redmond's lineup on Wednesday were the same, but the order was different. With a struggling offense that has scored three runs or fewer in six straight games, Redmond figured that they needed a change.
"I've tried, I don't know how many different lineups this season," Redmond said. "We'll try another one and see what happens, see if that makes a difference. I mean, what have we got to lose?"
Wednesday's lineup card featured Justin Ruggiano and Ed Lucas in front of Christian Yelich, who made his first Major League start in the No. 3 spot. Redmond said that he wanted to get more runners on base for slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the cleanup spot.
"Yelich has put together some good at-bats, and hopefully he'll continue that," Redmond said. "[Ruggiano] gave us a little spark the last time he led off, and hopefully he can do that again. But really, it's just mixing guys up."
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less