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Nationals elect to bat pitcher in eighth spot for Thursday’s game vs. Braves

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Wilmer Difo will be propping up the rest of the Nationals’ lineup in the nine-slot for Washington against the Braves.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The lineups for the first game of this four-game series between the Braves and Nationals have been released, so it’s time to see how each manager has filled out the lineup card for their respective team.

Here’s how the Braves are looking for tonight’s game:

Preston Tucker is back out there in left field, while Tyler Flowers will be taking on catching duties for tonight’s game. Other than that, there aren’t too many changes to talk about in comparison to last night’s game.

Meanwhile, here’s how the Nats will be lining up for the game this evening:

Yep, Washington is batting the pitcher eighth tonight. Wilmer Difo hit eighth last night against the Orioles, but now that the Nats are back in a National League ballpark, they’ve decided to push the pitcher up to eighth and have put Difo in the nine slot. Other than the bottom-of-the order shuffle and the notable lack of Matt Adams since the Designated Hitter is nothing but a beautiful dream here on the Senior Circuit, this is a somewhat similar lineup to what they put out there in Baltimore last night.

Here’s a quick look at the Statcast graphic from

So, what do you all think about the lineups for tonight’s game?