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Anthony Rendon is on the Nats' bench for the second straight night.
But with Rendon off to a slow start in D.C., and with Davey Johnson's reconfigured lineup producing eight runs Thursday night in an 8-1 victory over the Reds, the 22-year-old finds himself back on the bench tonight.
"I'm going at it day-by-day, and I don't like to change a winner," Johnson said this afternoon. "Nothing against Anthony Rendon. He's a heck of a player, and he's going to have a great career. But we're in the here and now, and I'm worried about 25 guys. ... That outweighs the need to play a youngster."
Rendon has only two hits in 15 big-league at-bats so far, striking out five times. He's also been charged with two errors at third base. Steve Lombardozzi didn't directly contribute to Thursday night's win, going 0-for-5, but the utilityman seemed a better fit as the Nationals' No. 2 hitter with Jayson Werth dropped to the cleanup spot to provide protection for Bryce Harper.