Lineups: Nats vs. Marlins in West Palm Beach on MASN

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Would you believe we’re down to the final nine days of the Grapefruit League season? Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Would you also believe the Nationals currently own a winning record this spring, entering today’s contest with the Marlins at 9-8 thanks to Friday’s eight-run rally in the ninth, keyed by Darren Baker’s grand slam, to topple the Astros?

They’ll look to keep it going this afternoon, facing a mighty stiff challenge in Marlins ace and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara. The dazzling Dominican right-hander would probably rather be starting another World Baseball Classic game than pitching at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, but that’s not in the cards anymore.

Among the regulars who will take their hacks against Alcantara this afternoon are Dominic Smith, Lane Thomas, Corey Dickerson and Victor Robles. Among those who will not is CJ Abrams, sitting for the fourth straight day since experiencing back tightness. We’ll hopefully get an update on him shortly.

Trevor Williams is the man on the mound for the Nats today for his fourth start of the spring. The 30-year-old right-hander wasn’t scored upon in either of his first two outings, but he surrendered three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings his last time out. The best sign from Williams: He has yet to walk a batter in 7 2/3 total innings.

You can watch today’s game live on MASN, with Bob Carpenter and Kevin Frandsen reunited for the first time in 2023.

Where: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, wind 14 mph out to left field

LF Alex Call
1B Dominic Smith
RF Lane Thomas
DH Corey Dickerson
SS Ildemaro Vargas
CF Victor Robles
3B Michael Chavis
2B Jeter Downs
C Riley Adams

RHP Trevor Williams

3B Jon Berti
CF Jazz Chisholm Jr.
1B Yuli Gurriel
LF Bryan De La Cruz
RF Jesús Sánchez
C Jacob Stallings
SS José Iglesias
DH Austin Allen
2B C.J. Hinojosa

RHP Sandy Alcantara

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