Game 19 lineups: Nats at Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Hello from one of the Twin Cities, where there was white stuff falling from the sky just a few minutes ago. Outdoor April baseball in Minnesota: It’s a beautiful thing!

The Nationals come to Target Field for only the second time in their history, the previous visit back in September 2019, when things were just a little bit different. They’ll try to get their bats going this weekend, despite the cold here, with a tweak to their lineup: Keibert Ruiz has been moved up to the No. 2 spot, with Dominic Smith moved down to the No. 6 spot. Davey Martinez has been trying to take pressure off his young guys and let them hit down in the lineup, but at this point he really has little choice but to see how Ruiz handles a prominent position in the order.

Pretty much everything else remains status quo, with Stone Garrett again starting in left field in place of Alex Call, who will come off the bench for the series opener against Twins right-hander Tyler Mahle.

Trevor Williams gets the ball for the Nats, and he’s been solid through his first three starts, entering tonight’s game with a 3.52 ERA and 1.174 WHIP. The right-hander hasn’t completed six innings yet, but that’s not all that important with him, given his history as a swingman who may be best-suited to a maximum of five innings per start anyway.

Where: Target Field
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Chance of snow (seriously), 39 degrees, wind 12 mph out to right field

RF Lane Thomas
C Keibert Ruiz
3B Jeimer Candelario
DH Joey Meneses
2B Luis García
1B Dominic Smith
LF Stone Garrett
CF Victor Robles
SS CJ Abrams

RHP Trevor Williams

RF Max Kepler
SS Carlos Correa
DH Byron Buxton
LF Trevor Larnach
2B Jorge Polanco
3B Jose Miranda
1B Joey Gallo
C Ryan Jeffers
CF Michael A. Taylor

RHP Tyler Mahle

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