Nats split-squads host Braves on MASN, face Mets in Port St. Lucie

VIERA, Fla. - The countdown has begun. There are only four days' worth of games left down here, and only two games left to be played at Space Coast Stadium ever. Before we go to tomorrow's teary-eyed finale, though, the Nationals first must play split-squad games today. They've got the Braves here in Viera and the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Most of the regulars, as is custom, are playing in the home game. And most are scheduled to play nine innings, something that becomes important during this final week of camp. Gio Gonzalez gets the start here, with Matt Belisle, Sean Burnett, Jonathan Papelbon and Nick Masset expected to pitch in relief.

Down the road in Port St. Lucie, it'll be Yusmeiro Petit getting the start. He's allowed to go up to five innings and 75 pitches, so he'll be stretched out in case the Nats do need him to make a start (or a long relief appearance) for some reason early in the season.

Be sure to tune into MASN for the home game. The whole crew is here for the last broadcast of camp ...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 83 degrees, wind 14 mph in from left field

gonzalez-big-smile-red-close-sidebar.jpgNATIONALS (ss)
CF Ben Revere
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
3B Stephen Drew
SS Brendan Ryan
LHP Gio Gonzalez

BRAVES
CF Emilio Bonifacio
3B Gordon Beckham
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Nick Swisher
C Tyler Flowers
2B Kelly Johnson
SS Johan Camargo
LF Michael Bourn
RHP Jhoulys Chacin

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MLB.tv (Mets broadcast)
Radio: MLB.com, (Mets broadcast)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 85 degrees, wind 13 mph right to left

NATIONALS (ss)
CF Michael A. Taylor
SS Danny Espinosa
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Clint Robinson
RF Reed Johnson
LF Tony Campana
2B Trea Turner
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Yusmeiro Petit

METS
RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
2B Neil Walker
LF Michael Conforto
SS Niuman Rosario
C Johnny Monell
LHP Steven Matz

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