Starting lineups: Nats vs. Israel

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Shalom … er, hello from The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, where tonight the Nationals take a break from official Grapefruit League play to face Team Israel in a tune-up for the upcoming World Baseball Classic!

It won’t just be the opponent that looks different tonight. The rules will be different as well. As in, the old rules. No pitch clock. Shifting allowed. Smaller bases. And yet, none of the stats actually count for official MLB purposes. Oh, also there may be a Nationals pitcher or two actually pitching for the opponents later in the game because the Israelis are trying to save some arms for the WBC. You’ve been warned.

The Nats will have an intriguing combination of regulars and top-end prospects taking the field tonight. Cade Cavalli makes his first actual start of the spring after two relief appearances. While there’s only so much to glean from how he performs against this particular lineup, it’s still important to see the young right-hander complete three solid innings with no real issues.

Cavalli will have mostly big leaguers behind him in the field, but he’ll also have the organization’s No. 1 prospect: James Wood, who gets his first start in center field (perhaps a ramification of the knee injury Victor Robles sustained yesterday against the Tigers. Stay tuned, as we hope to have an update on him. Other prospects expected to play the second half of this game include Brady House and Elijah Green.

Where: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: None
Weather: Clear, 74 degrees, wind 10 mph in from right field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
DH Corey Dickerson
1B Dominic Smith
C Keibert Ruiz
2B Luis García
CF James Wood
3B Ildemaro Vargas
LF Stone Garrett

RHP Cade Cavalli

SS Michael Wielansky
C Garrett Stubbs
2B Zack Gelof
1B Matt Mervis
DH Ryan Lavarnway
LF Alex Dickerson
RF Spencer Horwitz
3B Ty Kelly
CF Noah Mendlinger

RHP Jacob Steinmetz

Robles getting ultrasound on injured left knee
Nats starters enjoying faster tempo with pitch clo...

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