Today’s Red Sox-Nationals lineups

The Nationals have just finished batting practice, fans are starting to stream into Nationals Park and the last exhibition game of the spring will start at 3:05 p.m. Remember, today’s game is going to be televised live on MASN/MASN HD, so you can tune in and get a look at the Nats in their last game before Thursday’s opener in Chicago against the Cubs.

Here are today’s lineups.

For the Red Sox:

CF - Jacoby Ellsbury
2B - Dustin Pedroia
1B - Adrian Gonzalez
DH - David Ortiz
3B - Kevin Youkilis
RF - Ryan Sweeney
LF - Cody Ross
C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SS - Mike Aviles
RHP - Clay Buchholz

For the Nationals:

SS - Ian Desmond
2B - Danny Espinosa
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
1B - Adam LaRoche
RF - Jayson Werth
LF - Mark DeRosa
DH - Xavier Nady
C - Wilson Ramos
CF - Roger Bernadina
RHP - Edwin Jackson

A couple of things come to mind about today’s lineups.

First, Bernadina appears to be fine after leaving yesterday’s game in Fort Myers, Fla., after being hit with a pickoff throw. Manager Davey Johnson said Bernadina’s in line to be the opening day starter in center field.

Both teams are trotting out what appear to be their opening day lineups, but there’s no guarantee how long the starters will play. It’s likely there will be mass substitutions as soon as field players are comfortable that they’ve gotten their work in.

Both teams are employing a designated hitter this afternoon, even though it’s a game in a National League park. That’s probably an accommodation made for the Red Sox, who don’t want their pitchers hitting and risking injury. Plus, it gives Nady, a late addition to Washington’s spring camp who will make the 25-man roster, a chance for additional at-bats.

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