Starting lineups: Nats vs. Astros in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It’s been an encouraging start to the spring season for the Nationals, who have won four of their first six games, gotten some pretty good pitching and seen their top young prospects deliver in their first big league camp. At some point, though, you’d also like to see their projected regulars start producing a little more at the plate.

It might be a tough challenge for that to happen today, with two-time All-Star Framber Valdez on the mound for the Astros. Let’s see how CJ Abrams, Lane Thomas and Keibert Ruiz in particular handle that assignment in the bottom of the first.

MacKenzie Gore makes his second start of the spring, and his first one was a good one. The left-hander was sharp over two innings against the Marlins, striking out four. Jake Irvin is also scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen, going two or three innings.

CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach

Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees, wind 15 mph out to left field

SS CJ Abrams

RF Lane Thomas
C Keibert Ruiz
3B Nick Senzel
LF Jesse Winker
1B Juan Yepez
2B Trey Lipscomb
DH Travis Blankenhorn
CF Victor Robles

LHP MacKenzie Gore

LF Chas McCormick

C Yainer Diaz
1B Jon Singleton
CF Jake Meyers
RF Trey Cabbage
3B David Hensley
DH Will Wagner
SS Grae Kessinger
2B Shay Whitcomb

LHP Framber Valdez

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