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Dusty Baker resting some regulars in Nationals' series finale with Phillies

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Dusty Baker told reporters last night that he already had plans to rest his regulars before the Washington Nationals took the first two games of their three game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. Check out the lineup for the series finale below...

Photo © and courtesy the @Nationals on the Twitter.
Photo © and courtesy the @Nationals on the Twitter.

Bryce Harper's 2 for 3 game last night, which saw him homer for the fifth time this season in the fifth inning, left him 12 for 19 in his last five games in Citizens Bank Park with home runs in five straight games in the Philadelphia Phillies' home.

Dusty Baker was asked what it is about CBP that Harper likes so much?

"You've gotta ask him that," Baker said, before adding that, "... the dimensions of this park are very, very reachable.

"This is probably one of the most friendly parks I think in the league -- outside of -- well, maybe even including Colorado, Arizona, Cincinnati, those are very, very friendly parks and this is big-time friendly."

It's been friendly to the Nationals as a team recently as well. Washington's win last night gave them five straight wins over the Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love and wins in eight of the last nine overall in CBP.

Baker is sending out a different lineup this afternoon, however, than the one he fielded in the first two games of the three game set with the Nationals' NL East rivals.

He was clear last night though, that it wasn't because the Nationals took the series with the 9-1 and 8-1 wins in the first two games.

"I already had it planned," he explained. "I usually do my lineup two or three days in advance. Winning the first two games doesn't have anything to do with it, really. I'm just trying to get some guys some at bats, day after night, the guys have been busting it, we're about to go to hot Miami. I'll let you know in the morning."

Here's the Nationals' lineup for the third game of three in CBP: