Nats, Braves lineups for Saturday afternoon matchup

VIERA, Fla. - It’s a beautiful day for a home opener, as the Nationals kick off their home slate of spring games at Space Coast Stadium this afternoon against their division rivals, the Atlanta Braves.

Jordan Zimmermann will make his first spring start for the Nats, and after sending most of their starting infield to Port St. Lucie yesterday, the Nats will have most of their starting outfield in the lineup today. Bryce Harper will start in left, and Denard Span will get the start in center.

Danny Espinosa gets his second straight start, this time at shortstop, while Anthony Rendon will make his spring debut at second.

The Nationals will get their first look this year at old pal Julio Teheran, who gets the ball for the Braves.

Teheran, you might remember, drilled Harper in the hip with a first-pitch fastball last August, just one at-bat after Harper took Teheran deep. Benches cleared as a result of the hit by pitch, and warnings were issued to both teams.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
LF Bryce Harper
1B Tyler Moore
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
3B Zach Walters
RF Steven Souza
DH Brock Peterson
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

For the Braves
CF Jordan Schafer
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Freddie Freeman
C Ryan Doumit
3B Chris Johnson
2B Dan Uggla
DH Tommy La Stella
RF Matt Lipka
LF Jose Constanza
RHP Julio Teheran

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