--1B Adam LaRoche was back in the lineup Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game with the strained left groin that he sustained while sliding into second base on Sunday. Manager Jim Riggleman said he was originally planning to keep LaRoche out of the lineup, but the first baseman convinced him he could play. LaRoche had the Nationals' first two hits off Roy Halladay.
--OF Michael Morse did not start Wednesday night because of a flu virus, missing his second straight start because of the illness. Manager Jim Riggleman said Morse is doing better than he was on Tuesday, adding the Nationals hope to have the left fielder back for Thursday's game against the Phillies.
--RHP John Lannan had his best start of the season, allowing two earned runs in six innings against the Phillies. Lannan gave up six hits and walked three, but got three double plays and matched zeros with Roy Halladay for the first three innings of the game. "I was just getting ground balls when I needed them," Lannan said. "I felt pretty good with my sinker."
--OF Laynce Nix, who filled in for Michael Morse for the second straight night, went 1-for-3 with a RBI single in the ninth inning of the Nationals' loss to the Phillies. Nix is 4-for-10 in his last three games, and has driven in four runs in that time.
BY THE NUMBERS
30 -- Consecutive innings Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had shut out the Nationals, beginning in the second inning of his Opening Day start against the team last year and running through the eighth inning of Wednesday's game. The Nationals rallied for two runs in the ninth inning on Halladay, but lost 3-2.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Nobody's backing down. I don't think anybody's intimidated. I think this whole clubhouse sees it as a challenge. It's not going to be easy." -- Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche, on the challenge of facing Cliff Lee a day after Roy Halladay pitched a complete game against them on Wednesday night. The Nationals had just two hits heading into the ninth inning of the game, before scoring a pair of runs to lose 3-2.
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