Friday's Nationals-Reds lineups

Friday's Nationals-Reds lineups
The Nationals open a three-game weekend series in Cincinnati tonight, with right-hander Dan Haren taking the hill and making his first regular season start in a Washington uniform. After all those two-hour bus rides to Jupiter, Fla., in spring training, the flight to Cincy must have seemed like a snap. Here's the Nationals lineup for tonight's 7 p.m. game: CF Denard Span RF Jayson Werth LF Bryce Harper 3B Ryan Zimmerman 1B Adam LaRoche SS Ian Desmond 2B Danny Espinosa C Kurt Suzuki RHP Dan...
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Orioles lineup for home opener vs. Twins (updated twice)

Orioles lineup for home opener vs. Twins (updated twice)
Here's the Orioles lineup for today's 3:05 p.m. home opener against the Twins. Nate McLouth LF Manny Machado 3B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Nolan Reimold DH Jake Arrieta RHP For now - and pending an MRI - Brian Roberts remains listed among the Orioles reserves. But as I mentioned in an update to my previous post, infielder Yamaico Navarro has arrived at Camden Yards, and there's a locker and uniform waiting for him. Update:...
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Marlins-Nationals lineups for series finale

Marlins-Nationals lineups for series finale
The Nationals will look for a sweep of the Marlins this afternoon at Nationals Park, with Jordan Zimmermann attempting to match the stellar efforts of Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez over the Nats' first two games. Zimmermann is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA in eight career starts against the Marlins and is without a win against them at home. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc will take the mound for Miami. LeBlanc went 2-5 with a 3.67 ERA last season in 25 games (nine starts) with the Marlins. Over four...
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Suzuki behind the plate for Gonzalez's first start (with Marlins lineup)

Suzuki behind the plate for Gonzalez's first start (with Marlins lineup)
The Nationals will trot pretty much the same lineup out for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game against the Marlins at Nationals Park. The only changes are the battery, with Kurt Suzuki catching left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Here's the Nationals lineup: CF Denard Span RF Jayson Werth LF Bryce Harper 3B Ryan Zimmerman 1B Adam LaRoche SS Ian Desmond 2B Danny Espinosa C Kurt Suzuki LHP Gio Gonzalez For the Marlins: LF Juan Pierre 2B Donovan Solano RF Giancarlo Stanton 3B Placido Polanco CF Justin...
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Your Marlins-Nats opening day lineups

Your Marlins-Nats opening day lineups
We couldn't have asked for a much nicer day for a ballgame, at least on April 1 in Washington, D.C. It's supposed to be around 63 and sunny at first pitch here at Nationals Park, with no rain in the forecast. I'll take it. For those of you coming to the game, you might want to get here early. The opening day ceremonies will begin at 12:08 p.m., with James Brown serving as the master of ceremonies. The Nationals are scheduled to unveil their National League East division champions sign at...
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Harper back in Nats lineup, Werth not

Harper back in Nats lineup, Werth not
VIERA, Fla. - After getting his second game off in a five-day span in order to rest a sore left thumb, Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup for today's Grapefruit League finale against the Mets. Harper sat out yesterday's game against the Braves after getting jammed the day prior in a two-hit performance in Jupiter. He said his thumb felt better when he woke up yesterday, and the thumb had improved enough by today that he was cleared to return to the lineup. "He wanted one or two...
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Harper out of Nats lineup, not concerned about sore thumb (with lineups)

Harper out of Nats lineup, not concerned about sore thumb (with lineups)
VIERA, Fla. - The Nationals lineup today doesn't have Bryce Harper's name in it, and tomorrow's might not, as well. Harper is dealing with some inflammation in his left thumb after getting jammed by a pitch yesterday. While Harper says the thumb feels better today than it did after he left yesterday's game against the Marlins, he will get a day off today and the plan was for him to not take batting practice in an effort to avoid further soreness. "Feels fine," Harper said. "I thought...
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Nats-Astros lineups and a few notes

Nats-Astros lineups and a few notes
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Kyle Lohse finally has a team. I guess his days of throwing simulated games against community college squads are over. Lohse agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Brewers, according to reports. He'll now have a solid week to get to know his teammates before opening day. Former Nats starter John Lannan got smacked around a bit today. The Phillies lefty gave up 12 runs on 14 hits over four innings today in a game against the Blue Jays. I guess he was just working...
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Rodriguez battling elbow soreness, Harper good to play (with lineups)

Rodriguez battling elbow soreness, Harper good to play (with lineups)
VIERA, Fla. - You never know what information will come out of an interview session with Davey Johnson. Today, reporters learned that former Orioles shortstop Mark Belanger never wore a cup. Don't ask how we got there. We also learned that Henry Rodriguez has hit a bit of a snag in his spring throwing progression, and the question now is whether it will at all affect his status for opening day. Rodriguez will not pitch this afternoon against the Braves after experiencing a little elbow...
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Today's Nationals-Tigers lineups

Today's Nationals-Tigers lineups
LAKELAND, Fla. - There's a different look to the Nationals' lineup for today's 1:05 p.m. St. Patrick's Day game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Second baseman Danny Espinosa is leading off, Tyler Moore is playing right field and batting cleanup and the Nats have four first baseman in the lineup - Moore, DH Chad Tracy, first baseman Chris Marrero and left fielder Micah Owings. Bryce Harper also made the 90-minute trip from Viera and will play center field. For the...
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Zimmerman making first start at third base

Zimmerman making first start at third base
VIERA, Fla. - At the risk of sounding like one of those kitschy postcards, greetings from Space Coast Stadium. While Dan Kolko takes some well-deserved time off over the next week, I'll be carrying you through all the important Nationals news. Check back on MASNsports.com frequently and give me a follow at @masnPete on Twitter. First things first: The lineup for tonight's 6:05 p.m. game against the Astros - which will be broadcast on MASN HD, so make sure to tune in to Bob Carpenter and F.P....
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Nats, Cardinals lineups

Nats, Cardinals lineups
JUPITER, Fla. - We've got a pretty good pitching matchup here at Roger Dean Stadium today, as Dan Haren and Adam Wainwright will take the mound this afternoon. The Nationals faced Wainwright here back on March 2 and smacked him around to the tune of five runs (four earned) on eight hits over three innings. Haren has looked pretty sharp this spring, and has felt like he's progressed a bit from start to start. We'll see how he fares today against a Cards lineup that has a handful of...
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Rendon among Nats' cuts (updated with more cuts)

Rendon among Nats' cuts (updated with more cuts)
VIERA, Fla. - The Nationals sent four more players over to minor league camp this morning, according to a team source: infielders Anthony Rendon and Matt Skole, right-hander Nathan Karns and left-hander Pat McCoy. Update: In addition to the four players listed above, infielder Will Rhymes, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Eury Perez have also been sent to minor league camp, manager Davey Johnson announced. Rendon, Karns and Leon were optioned to Double-A Harrisburg, Perez was optioned to...
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Karns to get X-ray on leg, Garcia getting closer to throwing (plus lineups)

Karns to get X-ray on leg, Garcia getting closer to throwing (plus lineups)
VIERA, Fla. - When Davey Johnson sat down for his pregame session with reporters late this morning, the Netherlands was tied with Cuba in the bottom of the ninth inning of its elimination game in the World Baseball Classic. By the time Johnson's session had ended, the Netherlands had won on a walk-off sacrifice fly. Johnson, who managed the Netherlands in the 2004 Summer Olympics, was told of the win as he headed out to get ready for batting practice to start. "All right!" Johnson yelled,...
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Pregame notes and lineups from Lakeland

Pregame notes and lineups from Lakeland
LAKELAND, Fla. - Nationals manager Davey Johnson saw yesterday's brawl between Canada and Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and like most of us, was a bit shocked that things got to that point. "We've come close when I was managing the U.S. against Mexico, but we never got that far," Johnson said. "That was a little over the top." If you haven't seen the video of the brawl yet,
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Ohman granted his release, plus Werth and Garcia updates

Ohman granted his release, plus Werth and Garcia updates
VIERA, Fla. - Bill Bray has reported to the Nationals' minor league camp after being reassigned on Sunday, but Will Ohman has not. Ohman, who also was reassigned to minor league camp, requested and was granted his unconditional release. The 35-year-old, who made just one spring appearance with the Nats, allowing two hits and two walks in an inning of work, is now a free agent. Bray will continue to work on his mechanics over at minor league camp. The veteran lefty has had trouble finding his...
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Bulk of Nats' regulars in lineup vs. Cardinals

Bulk of Nats' regulars in lineup vs. Cardinals
VIERA, Fla. - Roger Bernadina went 0-for-3 with a walk, but the Netherlands beat Cuba 6-3 last night in the opening second-round game of the World Baseball Classic. Orioles infield prospect Jonathan Schoop blasted a three-run homer and Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons had two hits as the Netherlands continued its hot play to start the WBC. Team USA opens play at 9 p.m. tonight as R.A. Dickey will take the mound facing Mexico. Ross Detwiler is scheduled to piggyback Ryan Vogelsong in...
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Nats-Astros lineups as Gonzalez makes final pre-WBC start

Nats-Astros lineups as Gonzalez makes final pre-WBC start
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jayson Werth chose not to get into the Nationals-Phillies fray this morning. I swung by the Nationals complex at Space Coast Stadium before making the drive here for this afternoon's game against the Astros, and checked in with Werth to see if he had anything to offer after yesterday's incident involving Stephen Strasburg, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay and Tyler Moore. Werth, who spent four years with the Phillies before joining the Nats in 2011, opted to stay out of it all,...
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Johnson closing in on an opening day starting lineup (with Nats, Phillies lineups)

Johnson closing in on an opening day starting lineup (with Nats, Phillies lineups)
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After using up about half a tank of gas on the trek across Florida, I've arrived at Bright House Field for today's Nationals-Phillies Grapefruit League contest that will feature two of the game's best pitchers. Stephen Strasburg and Roy Halladay will toe the mound today, and while Strasburg will face a Phillies lineup filled with major leaguers, Halladay won't get that luxury. The Nationals brought just three position players who are expected to crack the opening day...
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Soriano makes his debut today, Ramos behind the plate (with lineups)

Soriano makes his debut today, Ramos behind the plate (with lineups)
VIERA, Fla. - Nationals manager Davey Johnson used yesterday's off-day the same way many of use spend our days away from the job: He got stuff done around the house. Johnson went back to his home in the Orlando area and took care of a couple "dangerous jobs," including replacing a handful of light bulbs that were 24 feet off the ground. He got through the tasks just fine, then took a playful jab at Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who broke his leg while skydiving yesterday. "I...
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