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Washington Nationals’ lineup for series finale with Atlanta Braves: Nats go for three straight in 3rd of 3...

Washington tries to make it three straight over Atlanta in the finale of the Nationals and Braves’ three-game set in the nation’s capital at 1:05 PM EDT this afternoon.

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Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez has been clear from the start that he’s going to mix things up with his lineups until he finds something he likes. And even then, there will likely be changes as he tries to get everyone at bats and keep all his players sharp.

Martinez was asked last week, with Ryan Zimmerman off to a slow start and in the cleanup spot in the lineup, how committed he was to keeping the veteran where he was early this season.

“I’m very committed,” Martinez said. “His at bats haven’t been bad, they haven’t been. Hit a couple balls hard over the past week, so I like him hitting fourth.”

Last night, however, Zimmerman dropped down a spot, and hit fifth, with Anthony Rendon in the cleanup spot.

Martinez explained before the game why he decided to change things up, with Trea Turner, who has been hitting sixth, penciled in as the No. 2 hitter as well, initially behind Nationals’ leadoff man Adam Eaton, but behind Brian Goodwin in the end, after Eaton was scratched.

“I wanted to get Turner back up at the top, just today, with Eaton leading off and then give Zim a little breather, back him [one spot],” Martinez said, before Eaton was removed.

“[Zimmerman is] going to get opportunities with all those guys up there to drive in runs, so it’s no big issue. I talked to Zim before I did it and he was okay with it, so I just wanted to see what it looks like.”

Zimmerman went 1 for 4 with a two-run triple in the 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, leaving him with a .114 AVG on the season heading into today’s series finale in the nation’s capital.

Martinez was asked if he is likely to keep tinkering with things for a while early this season, and if he’s open to continuing to shake things up on occasion.

“I’m very open, as you know,” he said.

“We’re going to try different things and a few things and see what works, but our lineup, with the guys that we have in our lineup they can do a multitude of things, and I like the flexibility.”

Goodwin went 1 for 3 with an RBI single, walk, and a run scored in the win. Martinez told reporters he liked what he saw from Goody in the top spot.

“I liked it,” Martinez said. “He worked his walks. I think he had like three at bats where he was in 3-2 counts, as a leadoff hitter that’s what you’d like to do, and I really liked it. Got a big hit for us, but he had good at bats.”

Goodwin is leading off again today, as the Nationals try to make it three straight wins in the finale with the Braves. Matt Adams is playing first. Pedro Severino is back behind the dish, with A.J. Cole trying to avoid another start like he had in SunTrust Park last week in Atlanta.