Game 12 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI - Hello from the one and only (and praise the deity of your preference for that) Marlins Park. Baseball's biggest amusement park (albeit one that will be three-quarters empty all night) hosts the Nationals over the next four days to wrap up this season-opening stretch of 15 games against only three opponents (the Braves, Phillies and Marlins).

The Nats split their rain-shortened series with Miami at home, and the man on the mound for them tonight will be looking to avenge his loss in the home opener. Tanner Roark's outing that day was odd; he gave up three runs in the first, sat through an 85-minute delay before returning and wound up allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks in only four innings. The right-hander was night-and-day better his last time out, though, shutting out Atlanta over seven strong innings.

tanner-roark-red-sidebar.jpgIf there's any cause for concern about the Nationals' 9-2 opening to the season, it is the less-than-stellar competition they've faced so far. That changes a bit tonight, though, because they'll be going up against Jose Fernandez, the young Marlins ace and far and away the toughest pitcher they've had to face to date in 2016.

The Nationals haven't enjoyed a whole lot of success against Fernandez over the last few years. Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-8 with a double. Bryce Harper is 3-for-10 with four walks. Jayson Werth is 1-for-14 (though the one was a homer).

Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 99.1 FM, XM 869,
Weather: Indoors

CF Michael A. Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark

2B Dee Gordon
3B Martin Prado
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Justin Bour
CF Marcell Ozuna
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Jose Fernandez

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