• Williams said that first baseman Adam LaRoche is dealing with some quad soreness, one reason he was out of Tuesday's starting lineup. With the Nats facing Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs, it also was a good opportunity for Williams to give LaRoche a day off and insert right-handed batter Tyler Moore in the lineup. LaRoche was still available to pinch-hit.
• Williams used his 17th different batting order in 21 games -- not including pitchers -- starting Danny Espinosa in the No. 2 spot and Anthony Rendon in the No. 4 spot for the first time this season on Tuesday. Espinosa hadn't hit above sixth in 2014, but has swung the bat well, with a line of .288/.339/.481 entering play. Rendon, meanwhile, now has started in every place in the lineup except third and ninth.
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