Starting lineups: Nats vs. Marlins in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. - Early spring training games typically are more about pitching than hitting, and that may apply even more this afternoon than usual when the Nationals face the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. They'll be sending three prominent starting pitchers to the mound in this game, each of them for two innings: Gio Gonzalez, Bronson Arroyo and Lucas Giolito.

Gonzalez has nothing really to prove this spring; he simply needs to get himself prepared for the regular season. But this is a very important season for the left-hander, who is being counted on for more consistency as the Nats' No. 3 starter behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Today's game offers Gonzalez his first opportunity to rise to the occasion.

Arroyo is scheduled to pitch the third and fourth innings, and he has a whole lot to prove right now. A year and a half removed from Tommy John surgery, the veteran right-hander needs to prove that 1) his arm is healthy and can recover from each previous outing, and 2) he is a better option for a spot in the Nationals rotation than either Tanner Roark or Joe Ross.

Giolito, scheduled to pitch the fifth and sixth innings, represents the future of the organization. He's not seriously in the mix for a big league job on opening day, but he does get a chance to make a real impression today in his first-ever appearance against another big league lineup.

Here are the lineups, broadcast and weather information ...

Where: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: (Marlins broadcast)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, wind 11 mph out to center field

SS Brendan Ryan
2B Trea Turner
CF Logan Schafer
RF Clint Robinson
LF Michael A. Taylor
1B Tyler Moore
3B Stephen Drew
C Jose Lobaton
DH Brian Goodwin

LHP Gio Gonzalez

2B Dee Gordon
LF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Martin Prado
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Justin Bour
DH J.T. Realmuto
LF Cole Gillespie
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis

LHP Adam Conley

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